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Thankful For Its Realism

March 1, 2011

The Bible speaks to life (and the life to come) as it truly is. Thankfully, I was reminded of that again today in my reading of Luke 13-15.

On the one hand, being in ministry means being among others (like myself) who, despite being invited guests to life-as-a-banquet are constantly making excuses not to come: “But they all alike began to make excuses” (Luke 14:18). It’s simply astonishing. We’re rather keep feeding at the troughs of our busyness and possessions than to enjoy the great banquet of grace and learning to live by what God provides, not what we purchase or possess. And at times, it is discouraging to even be in the ministry because of such excuse-making.

But then, who knows what may be going on beneath the surface, which is what my eye sees? For the kingdom of God, Jesus said, “is like a mustard seed (so very tiny), which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree and (obviously not tiny any longer because) the birds of the air perched in its branches” (Luke 13:19).

I can hear the excuses; what I can’t see, however, is the secret work of God multiplying the seed of the Gospel-Word being sown into lives today. Who knows what that seed may look like in a year or five or ten?

Lord I believe; help my unbelief.

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