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A Change Of Attitude

Another parable He put before them, saying **The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed'^Another parable He put before them, saying **The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed'
Matthew 13:24-43 or 13:24-30

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Scripture Summary Matthew 13:31


In the early days of our technological Age, a popular slogan assured us that "Every day and in every way things are getting better and better." The fact is that technological progress does not consistently move us toward a better world. The Bible tells us that progress in this sense is not inevitable. The Bible tells us that history is a struggle in which the "principalities and powers" of the present Age often seem to emerge victorious over the virtues of faith, hope and love. Jesus' proclamation of the coming Kingdom of God is not an invitation to ride the wave of inevitable progress. Rather, it is a call to join in the struggle, knowing that despite contradiction and defeat, God's promise of our ultimate fulfillment will not fail. Until the Kingdom comes in its fullness, the Christian way is still the way of the Cross.

There is an element of fear in these changing times and with good reason. Change can be for "worse" as well as for "better." But human beings who have encountered Jesus learn to distinguish what is new and promising from what is new and threatening. They have had a foretaste of the coming Kingdom -- the "New Heaven and Earth" and they trust themselves entirely to the Lord Jesus who makes all things new. Consequently, they do not view Christianity as a supermarket where they can pick and choose what pleases them. They do not pick up an idea here, an element of truth there; a nice little spiritual experience at this counter, an ethical principle at another; and, finally, a measure of peace-of-mind at the checkout counter. No, such an approach is what Jesus warns us against. Such an approach is like "pouring new wine into old wine skins," Jesus said. The encounter with Jesus makes everything new, the Apostle Paul tells us: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come!"

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