Jesus was a master communicator. He often conveyed biblical truths through parables. Being the Eternal Son of God, he was well aware that some of these parables were hard to understand. So he took the time to explain them to his disciples when they were in a more private setting. If as adults we find it hard to comprehend the parables of the Lord, how much more difficult must it be for children? Thankfully, Jesus was always patient and willing to take the time to ensure that his disciples fully understood his message. And in the same way, we must be willing to folks of all walks of life, even children when it comes to biblical truths.
The Parable of The Sower
This past Sunday, the little ones learned about the parable of the Sower from our teacher Vanessa. They learned about the four different ways people react when they hear the Word of God. Some people are like seeds that fell on the path.They have no desire to learn about God because Satan controls their minds fully. Next, are the seeds that fell on rocky ground, they are like people with a superficial commitment to God. When life gets a little rocky, their Christian walk quickly withers and dies, when things get tough, they give up. In other words, when trouble comes, they quickly abandon their relationship with Jesus. They are more concerned about self-preservation than they are about God.
Others are like seeds that are planted with thorns. As an example, there are many who hear the Good News, which is the gift of salvation, but they are consumed with their day to day activities. Their time and energy are spent on getting stuff – seeking the pleasures life has to offer, maybe comfort, money, .. Those things are not bad in themselves but the problem comes when they overshadow the pursuit of God . People who go after these pleasures think that the more money they have, the happier they’ll be. Sadly this just isn’t true.
The last group is the seeds that landed on good grounds. These are the people who hear the Good News and take it to heart and have been enabled by the Holy Spirit to receive the free gift of salvation. One of the key thing that the children learned for this passage is that we ought to live a productive life for our Lord. We cannot work our way to heaven, but if Jesus is the Lord of our lives we will consequently want to live for Him. We will follow His rules and tell other people about Him. We won’t be prefect, and we will still make mistakes, but it will be our hearts’ desire to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Passage: Matthew 13:3-23