Last week Joey, at Augustine, shared a daily devotion with me. It is from the book Come Ye Apart by J R Miller (which we don’t have in stock, sorry). I share the extract with you for your encouragement.
Many great histories of blessing may be traced back to a very small seed. A woman whose name is forgotten dropped a tract or little book in the way of a man called Richard Baxter. He picked it up and read it, and it led him to Christ. He became a holy Christian, and wrote a book entitled A Call to the Unconverted, which brought many persons to the Saviour, and among others, Philip Doddridge.
Philip Doddridge in turn wrote The Rise and Progress of Religion, which led many into the kingdom of God, among them the great Wilberforce. Wilberforce wrote A Practical View of Christianity, which was the means of serving a multitude, among them Legh Richmond. In his turn Legh Richmond wrote the book called The Dairyman’s Daughter, which has been instrumental in the conversion of thousands.
The dropping of that one little tract seemed a very small thing to do; but see what a wonderful, many-branched tree has sprung from it! This is only one illustration of marvels of grace coming from the most minute grains of the heavenly seed. One seed planted in a heart, dropped by some very humble worker, perhaps unconsciously, may not only save a soul for an eternity of blessedness, but may start a series of divine influences which shall reach thousands of other lives. A simple invitation from his brother brought Simon to Jesus; and what a tree sprang from that seed!
Let us go on, day by day, dropping seeds into as many hearts as we can. We may not always know what comes of them, but from any one of them may spring a history of blessing which shall reach thousands of souls. The branches of the tree from one seed may spread over all lands.
Although, I will give some ideas for ‘little seeds’ below in the form of booklets and tracts, I think we can also take encouragement from this passage with regard to the spoken word or an action. We often remain silent or do not act for fear of a perceived bad reaction. The fear of man immobilses us. We should take courage from this lesson above and go ahead and plant the seed anyway, leaving the rest up to God. Scripture encourages us to be ready for word in and out of season. Those words are little seeds too. All ‘little seeds’ are watered by our Heavenly Father,so each one needs to be accompanied by prayer.
Some ‘little seeds’:
- Why on earth did Jesus Come? by John Blanchard. Booklet; 40pp; R24. Other titles by Blanchard include: Can we be God without God? (R32); Is Anybody Out There? (R25); Jesus: Dead or Alive? (R25); Right with God (Paperback; 127pp; R45)
- Reach out got Him by Gary Benfold. 32pp; R9
- Ultimate Questions by John Blachard. These are very handy evangelistic booklets and come in a variety of languages. The latest English versions are R12 each. They are also available in Zulu, Xhosa, Setswana and Chichewa for R20. The other languages vary in prices according to when we brought them in. (The images here are not proprotional. The green booklet is smaller than the A5 black booklets.)
- Tracts: We also have a variety of tracts, but our stock is somewhat depleted. Look for 25-pack on goodneighbours.wpengine.com. This will give you a list of tracts that we usually keep and the availability. They are R30 per 25-pack. You can read the tract in full on http://www.crossway.org/tracts to help you decide which are suitable for your purposes.
- Books: Every good book is a seed planted, but they can prove rather pricey for give-aways. Our catalogue is downloadable in Excel from the web site. You can then choose to sort the list according to price and choose books that suit your pocket.