THE KINGDOM OF GOD
What is the Kingdom of God like? It is like a mustard see which a man took
and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and
the birds of the air rested in its branches (Luke 13:18-19)
From the day you were born again, you lived in a Kingdom, not a democracy. Jesus rules in your heart. That’s how the Kingdom of God begins. What does it look like? Jesus likened it to a barely visible mustard seed that germinates silently. At first not many people know a new life has begun but slowly new values, a new power and new love blossoms into existence. God is the only true planter although our hearts must first be willing. But the seedbed of our heart belongs to Him alone for it is in “his garden” that the seed is sown. It is His Kingdom.
Secondly God “took the seed”. Although it is our hearts that responds to the gospel, the initiative is His alone. The doctrine of the total depravity of man states we are by nature totally incapable of initiating our own salvation. The miracle lies in love of God that reaches down to us while we were yet sinners! Last week I visited Northern Ireland, the land of my spiritual father and stayed at the home of one of my best friends in Belfast. It was from here that almost fifty years ago, the gospel came across the seas and was planted in my heart as mustard seed. I was born again in the town of Taiping. Cecil McSparron then prayed for me every Thursday of the week for over thirsty years so that what was planted would one day grow into a tree
And is has. In Scotland last week, we visited a couple that came to the Lord through us and are now pastoring a church in Edinburgh. We think of others now serving the Lord in the UK, in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Skyline today is a very visible church in the spiritual landscape of our nation; a tree giving life to hundreds and from where the gospel will take flight (like birds) to lands far away! That’s’ the nature of the Kingdom. Every one of you is a tree with branches far and wide. But it all starts as a barely visible mustard seed in your heart!
2016 YEAR OF STRENGTH
Ps Dr Philip Lyn