Newsflash. The life of a Jesus-Follower is not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. It is also an ‘others-focused’ life. Scripture helps us see that we are to love others just as Jesus loved us (John 13:34) and help bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). However, we can become weary in pouring out if we are not growing. Our Bible text from the week speaks to a type of growth that will be a benefit to an ‘others-focused’ life:
Mark 4: 30 Jesus said, "How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? 31 It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, 32 but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”
Now, in big-picture context, Jesus is speaking about how His Kingdom will grow around the world and how His Church will be so large that it will be a place of rest/residence/provision for others. That mustard bush is going to grow! When it was a single seed it wasn’t able to sustain much help to others but now it is large and able to equip millions of people around the world.
But do not forget that Jesus's Kingdom/Jesus's Church is not a building and that it is made up of individual people. If you are a follower of Jesus then you are part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27). When you grow from your beginning moments of faith (like a tiny mustard seed) you will also be a blessing to others. In time, your can support others because of how you have grown.
What will you support them with? Remember the 4 areas from yesterday’s writing: Faith, Knowledge/Wisdom, Humility, Servant Leadership. These are each areas that not only help you become stronger but they can help others around you just as much or even more! You can look back at those here: http://www.thewayincasper.org/blog/2015/4/29/what-seeds-grow-in-us
Did you know that your faith wouldn’t only help you overcome fear but it will also help someone near you do the same? They (your friend, your child, your spouse) can see your growing faith and hear of your experience and trust in Christ and a seed will fall off of your tree and begin in them. It is the same in these other areas too. Wow. You are a needed member of the Body of Christ. Those you are near need you to grow. God desires you to grow.