Monday, August 3, 2020
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In first grade, I made a plant.

Everyone in class did. We placed potting soil into styrofoam cups and tucked tiny seeds beneath the soil. Then we lined up the cups on the counter in the sunlight, and each day, gave the seed a bit of water.

What I recall most is the day when the tender shoot popped up through the soil. I'd made a plant.

I carried it home on the school bus when it grew bigger and showed my parents what I'd done. As I held the sweet, little plant in my hands, a bubble of pride bloomed inside my young heart.

But all I had done to make the plant grow was to give it what it needed: soil, sun, and water. The seed already contained everything necessary to bloom into a beautiful plant before I had even placed it into the dirt. I followed the teacher's instructions. I watered it and made sure that it had sunlight.

Then, I waited. It did the miraculous thing that God had created it to do and became what He had designed: a beautiful little plant. That part was completely out of my control. God even provided the water and sunlight!

As Christians, we plant spiritual seeds.

It comes naturally because we want to share with others what God has done in our lives. We encourage family, friends, and coworkers to trust Him in every area of their lives, because He alone is trustworthy.

In childhood, I followed the directions of my teacher and gave the seed soil, sunlight, and water so that it could grow into a plant. Spiritually, we follow our Teacher's directions and give others what they need. We point them to Jesus.

Sometimes, we never see tender spiritual shoots pop up through the soil from the seed that we planted. But sometimes, we do.

That's when we might do the same thing that I did as a child: we might feel a little bubble of pride, thinking that we had done some great thing for God, when really, God did the great thing. We planted a seed in the garden of someone's heart, into soil already prepared by God to receive it.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)

Personally, I can't keep my mouth shut about God. I might get on some people's nerves, but I won't close my mouth. I won't stop writing about the wonderful things that He does. I can't. I'd burst if I didn't let it out.

So, whenever you're planting seeds, remember those spiritual seeds, and point others to Jesus. Just don't put pressure on yourself about whether or not they sprout into plants. That's God's job.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for working in our lives in such a powerful way that we can't keep our mouths shut about it. Give us the words to share with others who need to hear them. Give us the words to write to touch the hearts of those who need to read them. In the powerful name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, Melinda.

    Good word Melinda.

    Thank you, Melinda. Praise God, it’s only our job to plant the seed, not to make it grow!

    Dear Melinda,
    This was very sweet with a good lesson. Thanks!

    Dear Melinda,
    You go girl! Never stop talking about Jesus. I wish we were neighbours!

    Thank you for the devotion that made me smile. How many times we have to deal with that “tiny bubble” of pride. The reminder is timely.

    Yes sweetheart! Do not keep your mouth shut about God, you’ve encouraged me to keep on no matter what. Thank you so much for sharing.
    We love Jesus.

    Thank you, Melinda, you wrote beautifully what my heart has been telling me. I too cannot stop telling everyone who will listen, how good is the Lord.
    (Québec, Canada)

    Thank you for your honest feeling of what you believe. I thank the Lord for all he has done for me but seem to shy about telling others. We pray for all the USA in your time of unbelievable problems.

    Hi Melinda: I remember doing the same thing myself and with our children. It is a miracle to see the plants grow. We never know what seed we may plant will bring forth fruit in His time. Thank you for your message.

    Greetings Melinda,
    Thank you for writing and expressing the importance of spreading the word of God and planting the “seed” of His good will in others.

    Dear Melinda,
    Thank you for sharing your experience as a child and the bubble you felt then planting a seed and today as you plant a seed about Jesus. Thank you for reminding us of what is our job and what is God’s job. May you be always guided to the right words to say and write by our Lord. Blessings.

    I really enjoyed this devotional today. It is so true, and it is exciting to see God move when a seed is planted, and you get to see the miracle.
    When I helped with Camp, Thursday was the salvation message day. It was so exciting to see how God would move. I would always share Luke with the kids on how the angels were celebrating!!! Their eyes would light up.
    God is good!!
    God bless.

    Good morning Melinda,
    Good devotional about the seeds, it reminded me of the following passage from 1 Corinthians 3
    I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor.
    Thank you for writing those good words.

    I really loved your devotion.

    Sometimes we need to be reminded that the Holy Spirit does the work.
    You have done that with your lovely story.

    Simple and powerful, Melinda. There is a slogan: ‘I am in the effort’s business, not the results business,’ that fits with this great devotional. Thank you.

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