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God wants to help you grow

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 13


Matthew 13:1-50…

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells four parables about things that grow, three about sorting good results and people from bad, two parables about the great value and worth of the Kingdom of Heaven, and one about those who understand it.

So many stories!  So many applications!  Yet, there is a thread that runs through them all.

In the Kingdom, everything grows.

Those who know God and are known by Him grow in righteousness, influence and impact.  Those who don’t truly belong to the Kingdom grow in unrighteousness and hardness of heart.  Over time, the differences and distinctions between true followers of Jesus and those who are Christians in name only grow as well.

The more we observe the Kingdom and understand it, the more valuable it grows to us.  Then, as we seek understanding and keep walking in the footsteps of Jesus, we grow in our ability to share that value with others, too.

Maybe your walk with Christ or your life in general feels a bit stagnant.  Maybe it feels like not much has grown in you during this season.  Maybe you just stopped believing anything could.

If that’s you, then be encouraged today!  If you’re in Christ, then that means you are a part of the Kingdom of God, and He is the Lord of the harvest.  What does that mean?  It means that since He invests in the growth of His Kingdom, you can find hope in this truth: God wants to help you grow.

-Pastor Phillip

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