Sermon in a nutshell: Matthew 13:24-43
We are called to do God’s mission and ministry. Because of this calling we dare to do God’s ministry. We do not pay attention to our own weaknesses but to God’s grace and will. It is God who is using us. We are not the ones who do our ministries.
Someone in our church sent me this through email:
Noah was a drunk; Abraham was too old; Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar;
Leah was ugly; Joseph was abused; Moses had a stuttering problem;
Gideon was afraid; Samson had long hair and was a womanizer;
Rahab was a prostitute; Jeremiah and Timothy were too young;
David had an affair and was a murderer; Elijah was suicidal;
Isaiah preached naked; Jonah ran from God; Naomi was a widow; Job went bankrupt;
John the Baptist ate bugs; Peter denied Christ; The Disciples fell asleep while praying;
Martha worried about everything; The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than
once; Zaccheus was too small; Paul was too religious; Timothy had an ulcer;
And Lazarus was dead!
The person who made this list must know the Bible inside out. However, if you do not know all the details of this list or do not agree with the descriptions, at least we can say that nobody in the Bible is perfect! God uses people with flaws and they do God’s mission and ministry on earth!
Jesus teaches us through today’s Bible passages that we have to focus on growing wheat instead of on taking weeds out. Jesus said, “In gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.(Matthew 13:29)” If we try to fix our flaws first, we may lose our opportunity to serve God and others. We just go ahead and do God’s work trusting God who uses us.
In God’s hands, a small mustard seed will grow into a tree big enough for all the birds to come and make nests in its branches. Look at David! He was a small boy who kept the sheep. Then he grew and grew. Later he built a kingdom where many people find rest and worship God.
Sometimes, we do not become great people ourselves but we make others great. Then we work like yeast that we put into flour dough. It will make the dough leavened. Ruth was a pagan woman who lost her husband. She came over to Bethlehem as a widow. However, later she bore children who became the ancestor of the king David and later of Messiah.
Our current reality may not look good. It may even look terrible with all the weeds. Personal flaws and communal fractures may stand out. However, there the seed of the Kingdom of God is growing among us. So, brothers and sisters, let us not be discouraged. Let us trust God who saw us in the ground. Let us just open to the Spirit and God is the one who will bear fruits for God’s Kingdom!
1. What is the one thing that you can do now in your capacity for the Kingdom of God?
2. Who is the one person that you can still serve with all of your flaws and weakness?