Today is asignificant day for Sunrise Bethel Christian School & Adelaide Christian Centre International and Bethel Tabernacle and Bethel Centre
Significant in many different ways to each of us!
One day in the future – in history this day will prove to be significant for the kingdom of God here on earth.
Matt 13:31-32 “Thy kingdom come – thy will be done on earth – as it is in heaven”
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” NIV
where birds can come and find shelter.” TLB
where birds can build their nests and be sheltered.” TLB
THE KINGDOM IS LIKE THIS!
- It starts with a SEED
- It is a SMALL seed
- It starts with PLANTING
- It GROWS – and grows
- UNTIL – it becomes a heaven and a home for many OTHERS
The kingdom is NOT JUST ABOUT US – even though we may plant the seed.
The kingdom is NOT about who OWNS the seed – OR WHO plants the seed?
Neither Is It about WHOSE GARDEN the seed is planted.
IT IS NOT ABOUT US
The kingdom is not about US – BUT ABOUT GOD and HIS POWER, HIS LOVE etc
THE POWER TO GROW does not come FROM THE ONE WHO PLANTS the seed – NOR from THE LOCATION in which it is planted.
THE POWER OF THE SEED IS IN THE SEED ITSELF – it is INHERENT in the seed – (God made it that way).
IT IS TRUE MAN MUST PLANT the seed – BUT THE KINGDOM is not about man BUT GOD
IT IS NOT ABOUT THE LOCATION and who owns what – IT IS ABOUT THE INHERENT POWER OF THE SEED TO GROW AND PRODUCE
WE (man) PLANT THE SEED – BUT IT IS GOD WHO FIRST GIVES THE SEED TO MAN to plant.
I would like to use THIS GIVING OF THE SEED to man BY GOD and liken it TO GOD PLANTING A SEED IN THE HEART – PLANTING an idea, a desire, the giving of a ‘Word’ which is like a small seed – like the mustard seed.
It is small BUT IT HAS POWER – INHERENT POWER TO GROW. The seed has power in itself.
This seed GROWS IN THE HEART UNTIL it becomes something which we might call VISION.
IT BECOMES SOMETHING WHICH CAN BE VISUALISED, UNDERSTOOD AND ACTIVATED (acted upon)
It becomes something which CAN NOW BE PLANTED IN THIS WORLD (garden).
Man is to plant the seed here in this world – BUT IT IS GOD WHO FIRST PLANTS something like the seed in man’s heart.
So this is NOT about MY vision or YOUR vision
It’s about GOD’S VISION which is the result of his seed sowing in us.
WE ARE ONLY CHANNELS FOR GOD’S VISION – for those dreams TO BE ACTIVATED – ACTUATED.
We are only a small part OF THE WHOLE SCHEME OF THINGS which God ordained for us and privileged us to see and to be a part of.
IT IS THE SEED that has the inherent power to grow and produce.
IT IS NOT IN THE VISION – it is IN that something which PRECEDES VISION
Vision is THE RESULT of the seed PLANTED and GROWING within us
That small idea, that dream or that desire is like the mustard seed (planted in us by God) WHICH GROWS AND BECOMES A VISION FOR ACTION.
The vision in the process of its implementation and outworking takes ON HUMAN FORM – BUT CANNOT be CLAIMED and OWNED AS ‘MINE’
- IT IS HIS
- IT IS NEVER OURS –
- IT NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE- IT IS ALWAYS ‘HIS’
It is HIS seed ENCASED IN HUMAN LOVE AND DEVOTION AND PASSION AND KINDNESS
The shell may give the appearance THAT IT IS MAN’S – BUT IT IS THE KERNEL which produces the growth.
It is never the shell / the casing – IT IS ALWAYS THE KERNEL (God’s mustard seed planted in us).
This casing is important but NOT AS IMPORTANT as what is inside the casing /shell.
The casing or shell is the covering in human form which makes the kernel (the seed of God) and more easily identifiable to man in this world.
The shell / casing helps this world to more easily receive what is on the inside of the shell.
BUT THE SHELL IS NEVER MORE IMPORTANT THAN SEED – THE KERNEL.
I like the example of the oyster
- The oyster produces a substance of great wealth and beauty – called a pearl
- But how does that pearl begin inside the shell of the oyster.
- IT BEGINS with a tiny grain of sand or something of similar substance falling into the oysters shell and life.
- NOW we know how a tiny pebble in our shoe is such an irritant, it troubles us. It is an intruder – not invited or welcomed.
- Tiny grains of sand IN OUR LIVES CAN BE LIKENED TO the difficulties and trials that we experience in life. They are often seen as intruders and the cause irritation and discomfort.
BUT WE SHOULD LEARN FROM THE OYSTER
- THE OYSTER begins to deposit a milky substance around that small grain of sand; around that irritant, around that intruder.
- It surrounds that irritant and intruder with something from its life and continues to do so UNTIL IT BECOMES a thing of great wealth and beauty
This is how God wants us to live our lives – SURROUNDING every irritant, intruder, difficulty with that ‘MILKY’ SUBSTANCE OF LOVE, FAITH AND HOPE IN the unfailing promises of God UNTIL IT BECOMES A THING OF BEAUTY AND WEALTH that we and others can admire.
- THE VISION for a school began with a grain of sand
- It began with a mustard seed – an idea, an achievable thought!
- It began with small grain of faith!
- It began with something small and insignificant!
- Insignificant compared with those things of this world which are considered to have greatness and grandeur.
BUT NEVER LOOK DOWN ON (DESPISE) THE DAY OF SMALL BEGINNINGS
The vision of this school began with seed planted in many hearts.
What we see emerging today in the opening and dedicating this school – IS THE RESULT OF the seed sown in the hearts of men and women AND THEN
THAT SAME SEED SOWN by men & Women in this world – ACTIVATING THE VISION and MAKING IT HAPPEN
What we see today is THE VISIBLE EVIDENCE of what has been happening INVISIBLY.
The vision for the school is the result of what has been developing in the unseen places of the hearts of God’s people.
Like a photograph – it is SEEN in the light but it has to be DEVELOPED the dark room
THE VISION WE CAN NOW SEE BEING IMPLEMENTED was being developed in the ‘dark room’ of men’s hearts.
What a miracle of our creator and heavenly father
There are many people who are so taken up with the grandeur of the finished product, BUT I encourage you to KNOW that
GOD TAKES PLEASURE IN small things too.
He takes joy and pleasure in seeing THE BEGINNINGS of things – even though they may be small.
In the early growth stages of something that has been birthed or commenced.
Zech 4:10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand. For these seven lamps represent the eyes of the LORD that search all around the world.” NLT
Zech 4:10 Do not despise this small beginning, for the eyes of the Lord rejoice to see the work begin, to see the plumbline in the hand of Zerubbabel. For these seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that see everywhere around the world.” TLB
He takes pleasure because he sees that man is planting the seed WHICH HE FIRST PLANTED IN MAN
People activate the vision – they plant it BECAUSE they believe in the inherent power of the seed TO GROW AND BECOME.
Notice what the Scripture states – yet it grows to become
THE VISION IS FOR AN APPOINTED TIME.
THE FARMER PATIENTLY WAITS FOR THE HARVEST
Hab 2:2-3 But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day! TLB
James 5:7-8 Dear brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who eagerly look for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They patiently wait for the precious harvest to ripen. 8 You, too, must be patient. And take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near. NLT
The growing process takes time. This must be understood but those who plant.
We must learn to be patient.
We must learn to hang on to it and not let go our faith’s profession that the seed planted will grow, produce and BECOME.
It is so easy to be overly focused on:
- the LOCATION for the seed to be planted – OR
- the CONDITION OF THE SOIL or
- THE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS.
But our focus MUST BE ON THE SEED – which has inherent power – power in itself – TO PRODUCE and IN GOD’S TIMING and POWER he will converge all things together (coming together- falling into place) so that something will burst forth and take on real form.
- IT WILL APPEAR.
- IT WILL BE BIRTHED.
- IT WILL BE VISIBLE.
- IT WILL BE PUBLIC, EVERYONE WILL SEE IT.
NOW THE PROTECTIVE SIDE OF GOD AND MAN MUST COME FORTH
PROVISION and PROTECTION are the two great attributes of a father and HE has provided the seed – we are to harmonize with him to protect that which has been born
We must set ourselves for the preservation of God’s seed – Moses parents We have to be like them We have to hide – protect what has been birthed- that which appears just like they did. When he was of adult age he came forth as the great leader that he was – but in those vulnerable years of his early life – HE WAS PROTECTED.
THE PARENTS PROTECTED BECAUSE THEY CARED FOR GOD’S PURPOSES.
THE WANTED TO PRESERVE MOSES FOR GOD – NOT THE EGYPT (THE WORLD) SO MUST WE WITH THIS SCHOOL.
Think of the eventual tree that this seed will grow and become.
- MANY will come to the tree – make their nests there – lodge there
- Workers and missionaries and staff and ministries will lodge themselves in this tree.
THIS IS MY PRAYER
THIS IS WHERE MY FAITH AND HOPE IS.
THIS IS WHAT I KNOW WILL TAKE PLACE ONE DAY.
Matt 8:11 And I tell you this, that many Gentiles [like this Roman officer], shall come from all over the world and sit down in the Kingdom of Heaven with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. TLB
BETHEL AND SUNRISE BETHEL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL HAS A BRIGHT FUTURE IN GOD
We are moving into another phase of God’s vision and purpose for us here as a church and for Adelaide Christian Centre International too.
WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF SOME THING GREAT in God
What we need to always remember that ‘our greatness’ is an imputed greatness. It is an imparted greatness. The greatness is God’s he just happens to want to share his greatness with us. BUT IT IS ALWAYS HIS GREATNESS.
What an adventure it is to walk with God
What a privilege we have that he would invite us to be a part of what he is doing.
This is what keeps us ‘young in heart’
Matt 17:20-21 “Because of your little faith,” Jesus told them. “For if you had faith even as small as a tiny mustard seed you could say to this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would go far away. Nothing would be impossible. 21 But this kind of demon won’t leave unless you have prayed and gone without food.” TLB
Luke 17:6 “If your faith were only the size of a mustard seed,” Jesus answered, “it would be large enough to uproot that mulberry tree over there and send it hurtling into the sea! Your command would bring immediate results! TLB
Pastor Barry Silverback.