From Pastor Brady
24 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. 25 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.” Mark 4:24-25.
When God created the world He created it to function on many universal principles. One of these is that what you sow, you reap. And the more you sow, the more you reap. If you sow one seed, you will reap one stalk of grain.
Jesus put it this way in Mark 4: “with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” And then he added grace: “and still more will be added to you.”
The gospel takes the universal “sowing and reaping” principle and uses it to teach us an important truth- The more you pour out your life to Jesus, the more of Jesus you will get. This is not because you are earning more Jesus. It is because you are emptying yourself out more and more so that He can fill you up. The spirit is one of dependence. If the farmer holds on to his bag of seed, he will never sow and thus never reap. He will die and his family and community will suffer with him.
But if we pour out our bag of seed like the sower in the beginning of Mark 4, we will seed an abundant harvest. The more of our lives we turn over to Jesus, the more of a harvest we will reap. If we come to Jesus willing to give up little, we will receive little. If we come to Jesus willing to give up everything, we will receive everything- and more! More than what we thought everything was.
There are at least two practical applications of this.
1) Have you turned over every area of your life to Jesus? What parts are you still desperately holding on to? Your money? Your sexuality? Your power? Your children? Your future? Your past?
2) The Gospel Kingdom is one of sowing to reap. Losing to win. Failure for victory. Death to receive life. Going down in order to go up. Turning the cheek. Going the extra mile. Loving the enemy.
It is an upside down kingdom. The more I give myself away, the more I find myself. When I stop seeking happiness, I find happiness. When I lose my life, I find my life. When I give it all to Jesus, I find what it means to truly live. When I serve others and become least, I am the greatest.
Don’t miss the warning of verse 25. If you don’t have Christ you lose everything that you gained in this life. Only what is redeemed by him lasts forever. If you have Christ you have your life and much more- Jesus’ life unified to yours.