The Power of a Seed

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)

There is certainly no shortage of nastiness to go around these days is there? The most recent example that comes to mind is the story of Carson King, whose inappropriate tweets from high school became national news when a Des Moines Register reporter dug them up and included them in a story on King and his viral fundraiser. I don’t know about you, but the list of juvenile, stupid, and thoughtless things I did as a teenager could go on for days - would any of us want the sum of our character as adults to be judged through the lens of our youth? Yeah, me either.

Kindness - now there is something is short supply, and yet as Christians the Lord provides endless opportunities each and every day to bear witness to our Savior through the things we do, big and small. Smiling and saying thank-you to the cashier at the grocery store after an extra-long wait in line to check out. Leaving an extra-large tip for your waitress at an understaffed restaurant. Stopping to chat with an elderly person who is lonely and maybe afraid. Taking time out of a busy schedule to call a friend you know is going through hard times. Cooking up a delicious homemade meal for a family with a new baby or wage earner in the hospital - so many moments each and every day to plant a seed of love in someone’s heart!

That’s what Max Lucado talks about in his devotional “The Power of a Seed,” writing, “Somebody in your world desperately needs a word of peace. Want to see a miracle? Plant a word of love heart-deep in that person’s life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens.” In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus calls us to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9); we become peacemakers every time we plant a seed of love.

The ultimate example of this? Our Savior Jesus Christ! Max states:

When God’s people had forgotten his name, he planted the seed of his own self in the womb of a Jewish girl. The seed shoved away the stones of legalism, oppression and prejudice. Then the stone of death was rolled by humans and sealed by Satan in front of the tomb.

But the seed of God shoved, the ground trembled, the rock tumbled, and the flower of Easter blossomed.

Never underestimate the power of a seed.

That last statement reminds me of the parable of the mustard seed - one tiny, almost invisible dot of a seed can flourish and grow into something big that in turn blesses many more. That’s the power God gives us through the gospel each and every day, so let’s go plant some seeds of love!