Matthew 21:1-27; Numbers 17-18; Ecclesiastes 11:1-8
You probably know that you’re not supposed to put all your eggs in one basket. That is an Americanism that has been ingrained upon us from birth, or so it would seem. I guess the idea is that if you trip and fall, you would then have another basket with extra eggs. Interestingly enough, that is a Scriptural principle – although the Bible speaks of seeds, not eggs. “Scatter your seed in the morning, and in the evening don’t be idle because you don’t know which will succeed, this one or that, or whether both will be equally good.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6) The person who sows scatters the seeds throughout his land. Jesus even taught using that principle. The message of Ecclesiastes, though is that when you scatter the seed, you work in all the areas you scattered seed. You don’t know which areas of the crops will grow, so you water, fertilize and weed all the areas. Sometimes nothing will come of your work. Sometimes flood or drought will destroy the area that you thought would work – but don’t affect other areas. And so it is true in life, in investing and in spreading God’s word. Areas that we thought were sure to be successful don’t turn out that way for one reason or another. Areas that we had little hope for might blossom in ways that we never imagined. That message is so true in life, and I have seen it prove true especially as a teacher. Sow your seed, and then do the work!
Lord God, remind me that I have many areas to work in. There are students in my school who need to see Your love and grace. There are people that I deal with all the time outside of school who need that same love and grace. Let me scatter Your love to each and every person I meet.