The Kingdom of Heaven is like………….

Over the past few weeks we have been considering various aspects of the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus to his disciples and recorded for us in Matthew 13. We have considered the Kingdom as a great treasure which is worth forsaking all else in order to gain it. The parable of the sower highlights the importance of the soil in which the seed takes root. I encouraged us to cultivate the soil of our heart and mind in order for the Word of God to root deeply in our lives. Last week we considered the Kingdom of God as something that starts small and gradually grows. I challenged us to reflect on how deep is the influence of the Kingdom shaping our life. Are we growing, are we bearing fruit of the Kingdom and for the Kingdom?

Coming to God in prayer and earnestly asking him to be at work in our life is a good starting point.

Psalm 51: Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

  12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.

Reading his Word regularly and sincerely encourages and sustains growth. In writing to Timothy, Paul writes this about the word of God. God’s inspired and inerrant Word was given for many reasons: to teach us, rebuke us, correct us, and instruct us in righteousness; it was also given so that we may be complete and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Being in fellowship with like minded folk is also crucial. Proverbs makes it plain enough.

Proverbs 13:20

Walk with the wise and become wise;
associate with fools and get in trouble.

The writer to the Hebrews urges the recipients to remain in fellowship.

Hebrews 10:22-25, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Continue to open your heart to God in prayer, become familiar with his written word and remain in fellowship so that you may grow strong in the faith and the presence of the Kingdom may guide, shape and empower you through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit.

Pastor Stewart.