Daily Devotional

Spend Time with God EVERY Day

by Simon Whitton

But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it.
He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."

Matthew 13:23 (NIV)

Seeds are small, yet they can produce a large crop.  This crop in turn produces its own seeds that can yield an exponentially huge harvest.

He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,
which a man took and planted in his field.
Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches."

Matthew 13:31-32 (NIV)

We are so familiar with it, we miss the amazing miracle.  How is it that something as apparently primitive as a seed, can be placed in the dirt, add water, give it a little time and up springs (all by itself) a large, complex, self-sustaining tree.  From something small can spring something much greater than we realize.

There is something small that we can do that will result in a much larger than expected harvest.  Spend time with God EVERY day.  It doesn't have to be much, just a few minutes.  Read a short devotional each day and spend a little time praying.

A pinch of salt added to food can change the whole flavour.  A little time spent with God will change the whole flavour of your day.  This is especially important during those difficult times in our lives.  But do this every day and He will change the flavour of your whole life.

He told them still another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
Matthew 13:-33 (NIV)

'A little yeast working all through the dough' was a common expression in first century Israel, but it usually had a negative or corrupting meaning, similar to "one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel".  It was usually a reference to sin, but here Jesus used it to show how a little of the kingdom of God will spread and go far.  He replaced sin with the kingdom of God!

God delights in making a small amount go a long way.  Let Him bring growth to your life; that those around you will feel your influence and shelter in your branches.  Even subsequent generations will feel the shadow of the time you spent with the Lord.

Take a few moments to pray right now.  Ask God for grace and for practical help, so that you will spend at least some time with Him daily.

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