June 12

Mark 4:26-29

“He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how.’” vss. 26-27

Even though we know that all people are in Christ, equipped with the Spirit of God, and designed to be the light of the world, most of the time we don’t quite know what is going on. And Jesus tells us not to worry! The seeds of goodness have been sown and there’s daily production all over the world. In the most unlikely places, even without our intervention, people are being changed and are growing to maturity. One day we see a self-serving, self-absorbed teenager and before long we encounter a self-giving, sacrificial servant bearing fruit that’s changing the planet. It really is a miracle, and it’s happening every day in every town, village, and neighborhood all around the globe. Because the growth is the work of the Spirit we don’t always see what’s going on. We’re much more likely to notice the weeds and the dark side of society–we do a bunch of lamenting as we read our papers and watch the news. We get so upset about the bad apples that we completely miss the myriad acts of love and kindness that are all around. What a blessing it is when our eyes become attuned to the rhythms of the Spirit and we begin to see the light of Christ in our neighbors!

Thought for the Day: What happens when I acknowledge kindness in another person?

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