Yesterday morning I was sitting in my office and was looking out of one of my windows when I noticed a little clay pot with a ziplock bag of soil inside it. To my surprise I looked and saw a little seedling growing inside of this bag (a little green stem and two leaves).
Back in January I had used this pot and soil as an illustration with some of the Children’s ministry team. During the short message I shared that every little thing we do in the name of Jesus and by His Spirit is like planting little seeds in the fertile soil of kids’ hearts. While I was sharing the message I had some little seeds that I planted in the soil.
So anyway, after the talk I stashed the stuff in my office and mostly forgot about it. Well, God hadn’t forgotten about it because He has been at work apparently causing this little seed to transform into a little plant life. It reminded me that every little thing we say and do as people who are filled with God’s Spirit is potentially planting gospel seeds in the lives of others.
In Philippians 2 it says, ’14 Do everything readily and cheerfully – no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! 15 Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night.’ (The Message)
I like that image of us going into the world today as a breath of fresh air for someone. Perhaps that breath of fresh air will come through a kind word or a simple offer to pray for someone or a helpful act or a listening ear. Maybe there is someone on our path today that God may use us to plant a seed in that will one day result in a new life, a born-again life.