"The seed that we planted in this man's mind may change everything"-Leonardo DiCaprio as Cobb in the movie Inception
Planting seeds. Drop this very tiny thing into a pile of dirt. Water, keep warm. In a few days something pokes through and eventually turns into a thriving plant.
In the movie Inception, the main character uses this same concept. Only instead of a plant seed, he’s implanting an idea in someone’s mind. He uses it as a form of corporate espionage. Very powerful business people know that by changing someone other business man’s mind it could have positive effects on them. So Cobb goes into their dreams and plants the seed hoping it will grow into the thoughts that are necessary to accomplish what these men want.
Just like the plant seed that starts out small and becomes something big; ideas planted in our heart and mind can also become big.
Sometimes much bigger than we can ever imagine.
The change that takes place in us as a result of a tiny seed idea that is planted can be extraordinary. It can make all the difference in the world as to how our lives turn out. An eternity with Jesus or without. Heaven or Hell. But without the seed, there can be no growth. And without the growth, there is nothing.
In the parable of the seeds and soil, Jesus spoke of the effect of seeds falling in different types of "soil". For some, the seed is not received. For others, the seed is received but as it grows it is choked out by the worries and problems of the world around them. And still for others it grows very quickly, but the roots are in shallow soil and as soon as there is too much heat, it withers and dies. But Matthew 13:23 says And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. (NASB)
There was one seed that was received and grew.
One seed that became more.
All it takes is someone willing to plant it there.
Just like Cobb in Inception has a job to do, so do we. We are to be seed planters. As followers of Jesus, part of our responsibility is to spread the word about Him. We are to tell as many as we are able about the joy that can be experienced when we let Jesus into our life. We plant seeds by sharing our experiences with people. We plant seeds with our behavior, our responses, and our actions. Each time we reach out to someone in need, a seed is planted. Every time we share our time and talents with someone, seeds are planted. When we give of our finances even when it seems foolish, a seed is planted.
Every day, all day, everything we do is an opportunity to plant seeds. Our part is really easy. We are not responsible for whether or not they accept what we tell them. It is not our job to force them to change, or brow beat them into acceptance. We are only to be who we are in Jesus; plant the seed; give them the information. .
Maybe you’ve asked them to church a million times, or forgiven someone over and over. You may have been laughed at for your choices, or not invited because of your beliefs.
It doesn’t matter.
They are all seeds.
God can take that tiny idea and allow it to grow into something more.
And when it grows it can be life changing.