CSR Daily Devotion

Happy Monday! I hope everyone reading this had a relaxing, refreshing Sunday spending time in worship, communion, or private conversations with our Great God. I wish you all a great week and I pray Jesus draws close to you this week, close enough to hear His whisper.

February 10

30Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it?  31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.  32Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”  33With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand.  34He did not say anything to them without using a parable.  But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.  (Mark 4:30-34)

The more I read the Bible, the more I wish one of the authors of the Gospels had captured those hidden conversations from Jesus.  As stated in Mark 4:34, when Jesus was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.  I have spent time studying and reading the Gnostic Gospels, which are a very interesting collection of Gospels that was discovered in Egypt in 1945.  While many traditional Christians dismiss the Gnostic Gospels, I found them fascinating and a good addition to the traditional canon of the New Testament.  The Gnostic Gospels seem to contain many of those “hidden” conversations between Jesus and His disciples. 

As for the meaning of this parable, the Kingdom of God and the mustard seed, again, what I write next is only my personal thought on this parable.  You may have already come up with your own meaning of this parable, which is what I hope.  I was never the best at analyzing metaphors during my formal education years, and not much has changed since.  This parable relates to the mustard seed.  God only needs a little faith to work enormous miracles in your life.

Reading plan:  Mark 7:1-23

Deeper reading plan:  Deuteronomy 1-3

Prayer and meditation:  continue to pray for your request from day 1 and pray that you have complete and utter faith in God and Jesus, even if it is just the size of a mustard seed.

Fitness challenge:  Week seven of our 7×14 challenge.  2 sets of 14, nice slow movements and keep that 1-2 second pause at the apex of each rep.

1.  Standard push-up                2.  Sit-up or crunches

3.  Air squats                                4.  Hand-release push-up

5.  Leg lifts                                    6.  Lunges (7-each leg)

7.  4-count flutter kick

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