As we steward in each area of life, an amazing thing happens. The law of increase kicks in. The skill and discipline with which we manage each area multiplies the benefits we see in that area. Jesus taught often about this principle.
Scripture speaks about Sowing and Reaping (Gal 6:7-10, James 3:18). When a seed is sown into the ground, it takes some time for it to grow and become a tree. It takes even more time to become fruitful. But when it bears good fruit, it will produce more of its own kind and multiply. This produces many new seeds of the same kind which can then start this process of increase and duplication anew. A tree can become a forest; a seed can become a field of crop. But each grows of its own kind. Thus the Bible tells us that we will reap of what we sow.
Jesus gives the example of the mustard seed, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:30-32 NIV)
He came and died on a cross leaving a few men to inherit His Holy Spirit. From these humble beginnings, this mustard seed of the Kingdom began and has been advancing ever since throughout the world. In this country, the Kingdom reality is growing quickly. We don’t really notice the growth in the number of Believers because people have grown tired of religion and are leaving the Church at a pace similar to those coming in. But the number of believers who are stepping into the Kingdom life is growing rapidly in this country.
In other countries, the growth is more easily seen. The number of believers is booming across the globe as revival breaks out in countries that have governments very hostile to the gospel and is quickly approaching the foretold time where every nation and tribe will have heard the good news. All this started with the small mustard seed of Jesus! Read the rest of this entry »