“It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden.” Luke 13:19
I recently stayed at a little guest house, where I first saw mustard seeds. So tiny are they, that mine fell and was never found. The owner had put them there for guests to take. As they decreased, that would be a sign of the frequent use of the facilities and a growth in the financial rewards of her investment.
Jesus uses the parable of the mustard seed to teach us that small deeds can have even more far-reaching effects in the Kingdom. When we use our gifts of time, talent and treasure for the building of the kingdom, many persons eventually benefit from its growth. We are allowing ourselves to become blessings for others.
Simultaneously, I think of the many ways we sometimes unwisely do things, or say things, that have negative effects on the lives of others. May we avail ourselves of God’s grace, so that by our kind words and deeds we will sow seeds of faith and hope in others that will surely bear good fruit in abundance.