Mark 4:26-32 (NIV)

26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”

Ephesians 6:19 (NIV)

19 Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

DEVOTION – Margaret Skipworth (East Yorkshire, England)

For ease of maintenance, the previous owners of our house had paved most of the rear garden.  But we wanted a “proper garden” so we removed some of the paving blocks and filled the area will soil.  We spent several weeks discussing how we wanted the plot to look but kept putting off planting day.  As novice gardeners, we were nervous about putting a plant or bush in the wrong place.  Finally, we bought several packets of flower seeds and just scattered them over the soil, hoping some of them would grow,  In time we were rewarded with a carpet of beautiful colors and rich scents.

One day while enjoying the garden, I was reminded that God calls us to plant seeds of faith.  Often, instead of telling people about all the wonderful things God has done in my life, I remained silent because I worried about “getting it wrong.”

But since I learned the lesson from my garden, I don’t delay in sowing the seeds of God’s word to anyone who will listen.  Only by doing this can we ensure an abundant harvest of new believers.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Today, I will talk to a non-Christian friend about my faith.

PRAYER: Dear God, please give us the courage – and the right words – to tell others about you.  Amen.