Today we are going to start looking at the next passage in the book of Mark, Mark 4:21-29. Before we start looking at the passage here are few points that might be helpful as we think about this passage:
– The average Christian struggle with evangelism maybe more than any other issue.
– Excuses for not sharing the gospel are common.
– An unbalanced view of Mark 4:1-20 can only further these difficulties
- Elitism: “Jesus hid the gospel from unbelievers, and so should we.”
- Complacency: “It God is the one who chooses then why do I need to do anything?”
- Overwhelmed: “There are more bad soils than good soils. How can I expect to make a difference?”
– Mark understood these difficulties. That is why he put these parables together the way that he did. He especially knew how hard it would be for the Roman Christians to share the gospel.
– In this passage Jesus reveals the importance of evangelism by explaining three spiritual truths that should motivate us to evangelism.
- Evangelism is important because of the nature of the gospel
- Evangelism is important because of the nature of our salvation
- Evangelism is important because of the nature of God’s Kingdom
– These truths respond to the possible misinterpretations of the previous verses, and they call for us to spread the good news about Jesus.
I think that these points will be helpful as we look at this passage:
And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”” (Mark 4:21-29, ESV)