Pastor Wes is preaching on Matthew 13:31-32, the Parable of the Mustard Seed. He points out how Jesus likes to turn things around. The disciples were no doubt wondering how the Kingdom could be compared to a weed. Pastor Wes relates how a woman in her 80's did a simple act of love that produced great things at the Monroe Reformatory. He also talks about how two women initially welcomed him into this congregation. Simple things. Great Outcomes.
The sermon is based on Matthew 13: 24-30. We have all experienced it. No matter how careful we are about planting a new lawn: preparing the ground; buy the best sead, weeds will appear. But, Pastor Wes points out one cannot really tell what is wheat or what is tare. Even then, God will sometimes take what is a tare and produce good wheat.
What is freedom? We tend to think it is the freedom to have what we want and to want it now. But St. Augustine tells us often freedom is the sound of chains of people who are happily enslaved. Pastor Wes challenges us to have the courage to step away from what really burdens us into the freedom of the Kingdom of God.
While we would want to be transported to heaven upon becoming Christian, Jesus tells us that he has other things in mind. Our mission is his mission: to bring healing to this world. We might think this is too much to do, but Pastor Wes tells us we only have to do a little bit at a time. Something as simple as giving a cup of water to a little one in Jesus' name brings about the kingdom.