Give Us a Vision

Chester Droog

READ : Matthew 13:31-32

The parable of the mustard seed that became a tree illustrates how Jesus often used well-known sayings and stories in His teachings. It was common in that day to compare things that were very small, but had the potential for becoming very great, to the mustard seed. The startling part of Jesus’ use of the parable is that He applied it to God’s reign on earth under the kingship of Jesus Christ. Christ’s kingship was just a seed at the time of the telling of the parable but it would become a great tree.

Jesus was giving His disciples a vision of what was to come. In their time of doubt, discouragement and persecution it would be this vision that would keep them hopeful and faithful. I am reminded of the many new church start pastors with whom I have worked. Those who planted strong, growing, exciting churches were pastors who had a vision of what their little group could become. They didn’t focus on what they were, but on what they would be. They believed in the parable of the mustard seed.

What is your vision for the Christian faith? What is your vision for the church of Jesus Christ? What is your vision for your church? “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Prov. 29:18, kjv).

PRAYER

Dear God, give me the faith that believes Your church will be victorious. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.