Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it. It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. (Luke 13:18-19)

Some Christian people have no garden—no personal sphere of service. They belong to the whole clan of Christians, and they pine to see the entire band go out to cultivate the whole world.

However, they do not come to personal particulars . It is delightful to be warmed up to missionary addresses and to feel a zeal for the salvation of all nations.

But after all, the net result of a genuine theoretic earnestness for all the world does not amount to much. It is the duty of every believer in Christ, like the first man Adam, to have a garden to dress and to till.

Children are in the Sunday schools by millions, thank God for that! But have you a class of your own? All the church at work for Christ! Glorious the cry!

Are you up and doing for your Lord? It will be a grand time when every believer has his allotment and is sowing it with the seed of truth.

The wilderness and the solitary place will blossom at the rose when each Christian cultivates his own plot of roses. Teach your own children.

Speak to your neighbors, and seek the conversion of those whom God has especially entrusted to you.1

Charles Spurgeon

Further reading


  1. Charles Spurgeon,At the Master’s Feet [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005], February 3.