The Good Seed

bird seedI was sitting on my patio working on a sermon. I noticed a song sparrow hopping on the brick ledge just a few feet away from me. I had taken down a bird feeder from its winter position on a shepherd’s hook in the yard and set it on the ledge against house. The little sparrow had found the feeder in this unlikely resting place.

The sparrow soon flew away after enjoying an unexpected feast. I went back to work only to notice a short time later that the sparrow had returned. This time it was not alone. It was accompanied by another sparrow. It led the second sparrow to the secluded feeder, took a couple of pecks and flew away, leaving its companion to enjoy the seed. A beautiful thought came to mind. The first sparrow had discovered a new source of good seed and wanted to share it with a companion.

Jesus often used common things He had observed in the world around Him to illustrate a spiritual lesson. Likewise, I wanted to share this small incident with the sparrow to illustrate a basic spiritual principle. I’ll call it the “Andrew Principle”. “He (Andrew) first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus” (John 1:41-42, NKJV). 

Like Andrew, we need to bring people we know to Jesus where the ‘good’ seed’ of the gospel is found. We should not wait for them to come, but go to them.  We should seek them out, and lead them to where the Savior can be found. As true believers, we should go to our friends and neighbors, and lovingly tell them of the Savior. Jesus directed us to go, not only those close by, but to the ends of the earth. It should be our natural inclination to bring others to Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, may Your love motivate us to share that love and mercy with other. You have the power to blot out sin and give us life eternal.

~ Brother Roy

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