Plants and seeds are used throughout the Bible to talk about God’s message of love to us as his children. This is a new twist on that familiar theme, reminding the kids that any season is a good season to start spreading God’s word.
Have any of you ever planted seeds? What kind of seeds did you plant? Did they grow really well? I plant all kinds of things in my garden: flowers, vegetables and herbs. Some years, my husband and I even plant trees.
Usually, we do most of our planting in the Spring, when the ground isn’t frozen and the air is getting warmer. But we also plant seeds in the winter. We start them in small pots, with a little bit of dirt. [Demonstrate as you talk] Then I make a small hole in the dirt with my finger, put the seed down in the hole and cover it up with dirt. I water it just until the dirt is moist. I put mine in a window where they get a lot of sun. Some plants will respond to indoor lighting, but sunlight is best. When the spring comes, you can transplant the plant outside and watch it grow even more.
Did you know that in the Bible, the word of God is called a “seed”? What do you think that might mean? In Luke chapter 8, Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who goes out sowing seeds on his land. One gets eaten by birds; one falls on a ground that is too rocky to grow in; another falls among thorns and gets choked by all of the weeds around it. Then, there is one that falls on good soil and grows and grows, until it is a crop 100 times bigger than the seed that was sown!
God calls us to spread His word, everywhere we go. Just like planting seeds in our yards. As the seeds begin to grow in other persons’ hearts, then they hear the call too and the word of God spreads to be much bigger than the original seed. We don’t have to wait until Spring to begin sowing those kinds of seeds. The sooner we get started, the more time the seed will have to grow.
I have a packet of seeds for each of you to take home with you today. Hopefully, you will be able to plant some of them this week and be able to start watching them grow. While you watch them, think about ways that you can share God’s message that He loves everyone, with friends and family.
God, we are beginning to know what the Bible says and about all of the gifts and promises You have given us. We want to share what we know with others. Be with us as we plant your seeds of love with people we see each day. In your precious name we pray, Amen.