At church yesterday, I got to preach on gospel-centered hospitality and how our small acts of kindness (including inviting someone to watch Lost. Rock on!) can be signposts to Jesus and help change someone’s life. (I’ll post the audio whenever it becomes available.)
One verse that stuck with me through prep and delivery is this:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
The kingdom starts as something unimpressive. Indeed, its King was the supposed bastard child of a poor family from a backward Galilean town who ended up getting crucified instead of leading the revolution that many people assumed he would launch.
But like Jesus himself, as well as most of his followers, the things that appear unimpressive and insignificant also are the things that change our world.
My decision to truly follow Jesus was the result of someone in a youth group being nice to me, which may have seemed like a small thing to them at the time, but for me, that was the beginning. So also could your words, even a simple “hello,” have monumental consequences for someone in your office, social circle, etc.
So don’t be discouraged if all you ever seem to do is “just be nice” to someone. They might not forget it, and for them, it might be the beginning.