The importance of the insignificant – Hope 103.2

The importance of the insignificant

By David ReayTuesday 17 Nov 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Matthew 13:31-32

31 Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” (NLT)

“Lord, help us to see that every act of kindness, every word of forgiveness, every gesture of love, seen or unseen, however small, changes the world and us forever.” Wise words from the English author Frank Topping. A reminder that human history is not simply measured in great headline-making events, not confined to the actions or inactions of the so-called ‘great ones’. In the words of Scripture, we are not to despise the day of small things.

Jesus seems to be making such a point in this illustration. A great result can come from an apparently small beginning. His own rule may seem so far away, a distant dream. But it is doing its hidden work just as a seed grows in secret. And we can be sure that one day it will be revealed in all its glory, just as the mustard seed becomes a flourishing plant.

We can play our part in this kingdom work. It may not seem much, but who knows how important the seemingly insignificant may be. We sow seeds that don’t seem to bear much fruit, but we have done what we can. We are servants, not Saviours.

We make our mark so often in not so obvious ways. To finish with another quote, this from Michael Lindvall, “The mark that a man or woman makes on this world is often a trail of faithful love and quiet mercies and unknown kindnesses”.

David Reay