Mark 4 Lesson

Keeping the faith!

Chapter four contains four parables and a miracle. Jesus shares the following parables (short stories):

  • The Parable of the Soils.
  • The Parable of the Lamp.
  • The Parable of the Growing Seed.
  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed.

Jesus also performs another miracle in calming an extremely rough sea proving to his disciples that even the wind and the sea obey Him.

The parable of the mustard seed states:

“And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?  It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.” – Mark 4:30-34.

Have you ever worked extremely hard at something and begun to grow frustrated because you feel like you are not making any progress? Maybe your situation is like the mustard seed in this parable? It may not produce fruit immediately, but God is working on things behind the scenes and when it does take hold, it is going to be amazing! Too often we let negativity or self-doubt work on us until we stop taking the very actions that we believe in. If we align our values with God’s and are called to go in a particular direction, we should trust God to get us there.

So, when should we act on our faith?  

Just as Simon and Andrew IMMEDIATELY left their fishing nets and followed Jesus, we should not delay.

If we have any doubts, we should pray for wisdom and reference James 1:5-8:

 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.  For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

Jesus tells these parables so that we do not lose hope if the seeds that we are planting do not seem to be producing any fruit. Our role is to keep sharing the gospel, to keep planting those seeds! Some will produce fruit. If we keep the faith and continue to plant the seeds, God will take care of the rest!

For additional studies on the topic of faith, click any of the links below:

Faith

Faith and compassion

Faith and dependence on God

Faith and pleasing God

Faith and salvation

Faith can do great things!

Faith does what the Law could not

Faith in Jesus

Faith, love, and hope

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When God's plan for us is revealed, should we act immediately?

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Mustang

I think Jesus put in the parable about the planted seeds so that we don't become discouraged when we try to spread the gospel and it doesn't happen, at least not right away. We can see that sometimes it takes time (mustard seed) and many times people reject the message. But sometimes it does stick, and we have to keep trying.

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