From Tiny To Great
In July of 1973 we met on a Sunday morning with eight couples in a small day care center in Midlothian. Prof. Hendricks of Dallas Seminary commissioned Ed and Cora Lee Murray to go to Austria with CRU (actually they were heading behind the Iron Curtain to disciple Eastern European college students), and it was also the first official meeting of Midlothian Bible Church.
At the time Midlothian was a town only a few babies over two thousand, and the newly planted church was a tiny seed. But like the Jewish prophet said, “For who despises the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10). We believed Jesus’ Word, and now forty-five years later Mary and I understand why Jesus used the illustration of the tiny mustard seed and a large tree to describe the growth of his Father’s Kingdom.
“And Jesus said, ‘What’s a good illustration of the Kingdom of God? What should we compare it to? It’s like a mustard seed. When it’s planted in the ground, it’s the smallest of the seeds planted on earth, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants. It sends forth large branches, so that the birds of the heaven can settle in their nests in its shade.’
With many other parables, Jesus spoke to them, as they were able to hear it. He did not speak to them without using a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.” Mark 4:30-34
This Sunday Midlothian Bible Church will have two packed out services, and many of its sister churches in the surrounding area will also be full. Ed and Cora Lee Murray are still going strong in their 70s ministering to hundreds of CRU members working on campuses throughout Eastern Europe, and I haven’t even mentioned those from Midlothian Bible ministering in Brazil, Guatemala, Albania, Liberia, etc. A tiny seed was planted and the Spirit of God continues to shoot branches out into places the original group didn’t even imagine.
LORD, as I work with a small group of students at Southern Bible, help me not to take for granted what you can do with the seeds of the Word you are planting. Cause the seeds to grow and become part of that mighty tree called your Kingdom. And thanks for how the next generation of young leaders are continuing to sow the seed at Midlothian Bible.
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