CrossKids Devo | Seed (Part 3)
Activity – How RU Doing
Draw a line on a sheet of paper. Place a 1 on the left end of the line, a 10 on the right, and a 5 in the middle. As kids arrive, ask them to pencil in their initials on the line.
Say: If your day was so awful you wish you'd slept through it, place your initials by the 1. If it was a great day and you wish you could repeat, put your initials by the 10. Place your initials anywhere on the line that shows how you feel today.
Bible Time – Seed (Part 3) – Luke 8:6, 13
Verse Of The Day: Luke 8:6
Read: Luke 8:12
Story: (Continued from yesterday) The next day Mrs. Johnson woke up around 7:00 AM. She thought, “This will be the day I plant those seeds!” After purchasing more seed from the nursery, she located an area in the backyard that seemed like a safe place and planted a handful of seeds. Remember, Mrs. Johnson had not listened very well to the gardener’s instructions. She chose an area that had some soil but was pretty shallow. Beneath the soil was cement. Mrs. Johnson did not realize that the seeds would grow up but the roots would not grow down because of the cement.
Before, Mrs. Johnson could water her newly planted seeds, the phone rang, “Rrriiiiiinnnnnnggggg.” She hurried inside to answer a call from her dear friend, Edna. Edna wanted Mrs. Johnson to meet her downtown for lunch. In her hurry to get ready, Mrs. Johnson forgot all about watering her seeds. As the days went by, Mrs. Johnson continued to forget to water her seeds.
After several days, Mrs. Johnson was excited to see little seedlings finally begin to come up. But, she did not realize that the plants could not grow deep because the soil was shallow. Nor, did she realize the seedlings would soon dry up for lack of moisture. Remember, roots need to grow deep to receive nourishment, and they must have water to grow. The next day Mrs. Johnson went outside to check on her flowers, again. It was a hot day—102 degrees! Not surprisingly, she found her flowers withered.
Just like the flowers need deep soil and water to grow, we need to let God’s Word sink deep into the prepared soil of our hearts. We can do this by reading, listening to, and meditating on (really thinking about) His Word—the Bible. We know that God’s Word has sunk deeply inside us when we “do” what God says to do. Our hearts are shallow if we hear God’s Word, and it makes no change in our lives. (Continued on Thursday)
Have you ever seen a flower that was withered away? Can our lives wither away without the nourishment of God’s Word?
How do you receive nourishment in God’s Word?
Kid’s Bible Dictionary
Withered: To shrink up from loss of moisture.
Meditation: To spend time in quiet thinking.