One of the most important seeds we can sow in our kids, is the Word of God, which itself is seed.
The illustration of planting seeds and the soil it’s planted in is key to unlocking the truth of the seed and the sower parable.
As we guide our children, it’s natural (and sometimes easier) to illustrate what we’re talking about with a story.
In Mark 4, Jesus is sharing the parable (a story with a hidden meaning) of the seed and the sower to the crowd. A parable is not meant for everyone; it’s meant for those who are searching and inquiry of its meaning.
So, those around Jesus along with the 12 disciples approach Him asking about it. He then shares with them,
“To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, and their sins be forgiven them.’” And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? Mark 4:11-13 NKJV
If there’s such an emphasis on this parable, then that must mean teaching our children about it is necessary for their lives.
Having an inquiry heart to search, find, ask and knock is important in our relationship with the Lord.
God wants to reveal His heart to all of us, but He only reveals Himself to those who are seeking.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV
A seed can be planted anywhere, but where it’s planted will dictate if it grows and how much.
- A seed that falls by the wayside has no chance of growing with the seed-eater right behind it.
- A seed that falls on stony ground could grow, but likely for a short time due to a lack of good soil to root down into.
- A seed that falls among thorns can grow for a time, but will likely get choked out by the weeds.
- A seed that falls on good ground is sure to grow and flourish producing more of what’s in the seed.
With proper nurture and care of a natural seed that’s planted in the ground, whether it be cucumber seeds, bean seeds, etc., providing all timely elements of water, air, and sunlight, it grows and flourishes producing a crop. But… in this kind of environment, weed seeds can also grow.
The meaning of the parable of the seed and the sower is about:
- God’s Word which is seed,
- the soil of our heart on which God’s Word is planted,
- what we allow (and don’t allow) in our heart.
The Word of God is designed to be sown in our heart and it’ll only grow to the degree of the condition of our heart.
This is why memorizing scripture has become an important part of our spiritual disciplines as a family.
The very reason to plant seed is to produce a harvest. We don’t plant seed just to let it grow without picking the wonderful fruit or vegetables that come from it.
The harvest, or crop, out of our life is God’s work in us and through us designed to impact others.
So then as we examine our harvest, we can ask ourselves these important questions:
- What kind of seeds are we sowing in our hearts?
- What’s the condition of our hearts?
- How are we helping our children see that some seeds are good and profitable for them, and others are not and even destructive to their lives?
- How are we helping cultivate in our children pure hearts where the soil is right for growing THE seed?
The Homeschool Privilege
Homeschooling our children allows us the benefit and privilege to sow seeds into the ground of our children’s heart throughout the day.
Making the Bible fun is also a wonderful experience for our kids. We are helping them see that life with God is an adventure to be sought after and not just rules and laws to abide by.
Sometimes, the hardest thing as a parent, is to know if the seeds we have sown are taking root in the heart of our children.
Be encouraged, that although the fruit isn’t always seen right away in our kids, there is a period of growth while the roots are digging deep.
Prayer then is an crucial and necessary part of our lives. We are giving our children over to God again and again trusting Him for the increase of what we’ve sown into their lives.
A story of planting seeds is such a neat way to illustrate the power of God’s Word when we receive it with gladness. How do you help your children develop good soil for the seed to be planted in?
Anchored in Jesus, Melanie
**FREE** Bible Study for Kids Available Until 4/2/19
What better way to study the Bible than to get your kids planting seeds and talking about The Seed and the Sower parable. Recommended for ages 7-11, this Bible Study for Kids includes: – 2 Bible studies – Big idea to help focus on the main point of the Bible story / topic studied – Bible story study – Discussion questions as it applies to the Bible story – Definition copywork – Apply It To Your Life discussion prompts – Scripture copywork and memory work – 3 activities: “Write A Parable”, “Match the Seed” and “Grow A Seed.
Melanie is a homeschool mom to 2, living in Alberta, Canada. She is passionate about encouraging homeschool moms who are just like her – unqualified to homeschool, yet called by God to do it. Melanie loves coffee, worship music, and the mountains. You can find resources, printables and more from Melanie at Wildly Anchored, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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