In the 19th century, there was a macadamia tree in the tiny town of Gympie. The town is located in Queensland, Australia.
And there is something very interesting about the macadamia tree there.
Research shows that the vast majority of macadamia trees around the world came from the seeds of this one small tree. It is estimated that 70% of the world's macadamia trees came from this one tree.
When I read about this, it reminded me that we are also on a mission to plant spiritual seeds in the hearts of children.
The seed is the Word of God and when it is planted, you will see spiritual fruit beyond anything you could imagine. Remember this verse?
"Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!" Matthew 13:8.
What happened with the original macadamia tree's seed has spread around the world.
It's the same with God's Word, as you plant seeds in children's lives, it will grow and spread around the world. The verse reminds us of this when it says the seed will bear 100 times more than we planted.
It's impossible right now for you and I to see all the fruit that is coming from the seeds we plant. Some of it you will see now. The rest you will not see until you get to heaven and the fruit of your ministry will be fully known.
So until then, keep planting seeds. Keep telling kids and families about Jesus. Keep serving other people. Keep relying on God to multiply and spread the seed around the world.
And the next time you eat a macadamia nut, remember where it originated from. One small seed that was planted years and years ago.