Preparation 2/21/18

Plant the seed.

Matthew 13: 31-31 “The Parable of the Mustard Seed”

“He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

The last devotion was about preparing the soil to plant a seed. Today is about planting the seed. Our journey with Christ starts small, much like the mustard seed. For me, it seems like the seed will only grow when we pay attention to it. It does not die. God never leaves us, we always leave him. There have been times in my life where the plant did not grow for several years. Not because God did not love me, but because I neglected to care for the relationship. That is all He wants, for us to care. For us to take the time to be with Him and be interested in what He is doing in our lives.

Caring for the seed requires us to pay attention to it every day. The trouble with a God that is so loving is that He is ALWAYS there for us. I take advantage of that. I go to Him in times of need or stress or whatever else is inconvenient for me. Even when I do not care for the seed daily, I can always return and He is there waiting for me. There is no more welcoming feeling than returning the that “seed.” What I have learned is the power of daily cultivation. The seeds growth will multiple if you make caring for it a daily practice.   Because He loves us and wants a deep relationship with us, He created us to want it too.

The point of the story is that God can take anything, even something as small as a mustard seed, and make it grow larger than the other plants. I interpret the story by thinking that the mustard seed never stops growing. My faith never stops growing.

I read an excerpt that kind of sums all of this up:

“Jesus said the process works like a seed. The seed is planted and, although it is entirely present, it is very small. As it grows, it becomes large and helpful. Seeds are complete but undeveloped. In the same way, God has planted within us all we need, but these resources require time and growth before they become visible to others. ”   -The Maxwell Leadership Bible

My challenge to you is to pray for your seed. It has always been there and will always be there, but pray that it grows daily. If there is one promise I am comfortable making it is this one: Spend time with God every day and your seed will grow. Start with something small like praying for your food, or saying a quick thank you in the morning or at night. Download the Bible app and read the verse of the day. I promise you will notice a difference. God wants your love so bad.

Prayer: Thank you for this day. Thank you for planting a seed in me and never letting it die. I want to spend time with you. I will spend time with you. My faith can change like the seasons but your love is ALWAYS there waiting for me. Help me to grow my faith. Amen.

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