Sowing, Mustard Seeds, and the Kingdom

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John teaches through the third and fourth parables in Mark 4:26-34.  God entrusts us to be stewards of His word and to faithfully sow the seed of the gospel into our world.  We, like the Apostle Paul, sow the word of God, but God is the one who sovereignly causes the growth in us and in others.  The Kingdom of God is sown in the hearts of men through the Word of God, and like a mustard seed that grows over time into a mature tree, though small at first, God causes our faith to grow into maturity and fruitfulness.