5. Spontaneous, Automatic Growth
How the Gospel of God’s
Kingdom Works In Us
The Parable of Spontaneous, Automatic Growth
(Only in Mark 4:26-29).
Watch the 3 minute animated video here.
The text of the message, with scriptures, follows the video.
This complements the parables of the mustard seed, and the leaven we just saw. Parables of the Sower and the Wheat and Weeds are discouraging are consumed by weeds, or other theologies of man
A parable like this is hard for us to get our minds and hearts around because we don’t think in terms of life being spontaneous or at all automatic in things we do. “If it is to be it is up to me” is our worldly way of thinking. “There ain’t no free lunch” is another way we think.
But God’s Kingdom doesn’t function this way. His Kingdom functions with us responding to him, not by us initiating things. Jesus says in John 15:5: “Without me you can do nothing.” Paul asks, “What do you have that you have not received?” The answer, of course is “Nothing.” All that we have is a gift from God, even the air we breathe and the beating of our heart.
But now we see that the gospel is strictly
the power of God working in us automatically.
Jesus is showing us here that the growth
has more to do with the gospel than it with us.
All growth is all to the seed which is the gospel
— the power of God in us.
We have now presumably RECEIVED gospel truth in us and we are healthy and prosperous, and the gospel seed just continues to grow in us spontaneously. The parable even says ‘we don’t know how it happens.’ It’s just God working in us.
You don’t need to understand everything about electricity to experience it. So it is with the gospel. As human beings, living in flesh, we are just stagnant — until the power of God in the gospel goes to work in us. I call it centrifugal and synergistic. It goes haywire and produces all types of good things from us (Col 1:5-6, Phil 1:6-7).
It’s also true that you don’t have to understand everything about the gospel to elect to trust God, believe it, and begin living it. Jesus left a lot of the explanation of the gospel to the Apostle Paul in his New Testament letters. And Peter says that some things Jesus says are hard to understand, but he still refers to them as ‘scripture’ (II Peter 3:15-16).
In fact, many preachers only understand the gospel as being ‘the gospel of salvation.’ Now, salvation is very important. We can’t get to heaven without it. But the fact is the gospel has a lot more to say than just about salvation. There are at least 9 aspects of the gospel that are discussed on this site under “Coaching Videos,” of which salvation is only one.
The gospel is a divine reality that is controlled by God himself working in us. As far as we know it is automatic because it is all the power of God.
Remember: my purpose is not to totally discuss each parable. It is to only
show the gospel in each parable, and how it practically impacts us.