Psalm 71; Gen. 42:29-38; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; Mark 4:21-34
“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants…”
The familiar words of the parable of the mustard seed serve to remind me of the significance of my daily actions. I have been blessed to have two wonderful children. A few years ago for Father’s Day they wrote a poem for me which recounted a number of lessons that I had taught them.
None of the illustrations recalled seemed, in and of themselves, to be of any great significance. Yet they covered a range of subjects-fairness, fiscal responsibility, personal safety, environmental awareness, playfulness, etc.-that a father might teach his children. Standing alone these lessons, like the mustard seed, seemed insignificant.
But when taught together over twenty plus years they helped my children grow into the adults that they have become. Just as the actions a parent takes in helping to raise his or her children, the actions that I take, each and every day, can serve to help grow Christ’s Kingdom here on earth. My prayer is that those that I interact with each day-my family, my friends, my co-workers, the stranger in the elevator-can be influenced in a positive way by the actions that I take. Let them see Christ in me.
Posted on Thu, March 4, 2010
by Lenten Meditations filed under