Life App for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 6/17/18 to 6/23/18

A way to live a mission in your spiritual health:
Be patient with your own spiritual growth in being loving and just; it will come slowly but surely. 

Based on Mark 4:26-34 (see retelling below); a reading that comes from the Revised Common Lectionary to the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 6/17/18. 

The kingdom of God [the reign of God] is like a small seed that grows into a full grain.  The seed grows without any help from the farmer.  When harvest time comes, the farmer harvests it.  [Two meanings:   his hearers, who want God’s reign to come, have to be patient; God’s reign will remain hidden until the time is right when God brings it in its fullness.]

The kingdom of God is like a small mustard seed that grows into a tree big enough (eight feet in that region) for birds to nest in it.  [Two meanings:  do not judge the results the mission will produce by the small size of its beginnings; do not discount the mission because it starts small because in time it will become large.]

A theme:  Be patient with the growth of God’s reign among us; it looks small but will become great.