Proverbs 27:17

Proverbs 27:17

Friday, June 14, 2024

Seeds of Love: Growing God’s Kingdom

Hi everyone,

As we listen to the mustard seed parable,  let us remember how the most beautiful gardens start with a single seed.  God's kingdom is our beautiful garden, and we are called to sow seeds of love with each act of kindness and compassion.

Pastor Tim

"God has led you to the desert, and spoken to your Heart."
Mount of Olives Lutheran Church
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Seeds of Love: Growing God’s Kingdom

Siblings in Christ,

This Sunday’s readings encourage us to cultivate “seeds of love” in our lives to offer others hope, faith, and the transformative power of love. 

Ezekiel 17:22-24 paints a picture of God's power. He takes a seemingly insignificant shoot, a "tender sprig," and plants it, promising it will become a magnificent cedar. This symbolizes God's ability to take our small acts of love and grow them into something far greater. We are reminded that even the smallest seed of love, planted in faith, holds immense potential.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17 speaks to our longing for connection with God. We are reminded how our acts of love, even when unseen, contribute to building God's Kingdom here on Earth. We are called to live with purpose, to plant seeds of love that bridge the gap between ourselves and God, and between ourselves and others.

Mark 4:26-34 offers the parable of the growing seed. Jesus tells us the Kingdom of God is like a seed that sprouts and grows mysteriously.  This emphasizes that love's growth doesn't depend on our constant effort. We plant the seeds of compassion, kindness, and forgiveness, and God nurtures their growth.

So how do we cultivate these seeds of love?

  • Start small: Don't be discouraged by your limitations. Even a smile or a helping hand can be a seed.
  • Be patient: Love takes time to grow, just like a seed. Trust that your efforts will bear fruit.
  • Nurture the soil: Create a fertile environment for love to flourish. Practice self-compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance.

As we plant these seeds of love, we are deepening our discipleship as active participants in building God's Kingdom. Remember, the most beautiful gardens start with a single seed. Let us all be Sowers of love, transforming the world with each act of kindness and compassion.

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