CrossKids Devo | Seed (Part 4)
5/28/2020 – Seed (Part 4) – Luke 8:7, 14
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 4) – Luke 8:7, 14
Verse Of The Day: Luke 8:7
Read: Luke 8:14
Story: (Continued from yesterday) Now, it had been a few months since Mrs. Johnson had bought seeds, hoping to grow flowers. “Today is the day!” she thought. Mrs. Johnson went into her backyard and found another area where she would plant her seeds and began to prepare the soil. Determined to finally have some flowers, she uprooted hundreds of weeds and carefully checked to make sure the soil was deep enough. Pretty sure of herself this time, Mrs. Johnson began to plant her flower seeds.
After a few weeks passed, Mrs. Johnson’ was excited to see the flowers began to grow. They were looking pretty healthy; however, she also noticed that many weeds were growing up alongside her flowers. She had not been as careful as she thought to uproot all the weeds. As the weeks went by, the once healthy-looking flowers began to look rather weak and unnourished. One morning, she went outside to water her plants and noticed that her flowers were dead. Those weeds that remained had stolen the nourishment her flowers needed. Mrs. Johnson thought to herself, “This gardening stuff is a lot of work!”
Mrs. Johnson did not know much about gardening. Her flowers could have thrived if she had been more diligent to pull up all the weeds that began to grow, carefully by the roots. Like the weeds in this story took all the nourishment belonging to the flowers, the thorns in the Parable of the Sower choked out seedlings that began to grow. Jesus said the thorns represented the cares and riches of this world. Though the soil, the hearts of those who heard the Word, was deep enough for growth, the concerns of this world “crowded out” God’s Word so it could not yield fruit. The person with the “crowded heart” seems to come closest to fruitfulness, but still does not bring forth fruit. His growth is hindered by worldly concerns. How important it is that we are careful not let worldly things become more important than our relationship with God.
• What do the thorns represent in the Parable of the Sower? How do they hinder growth of healthy plants?
• What kinds of things can you think of that might “crowd out” God’s Word in your heart?
Kid’s Bible Dictionary
Fruit: Read Galatians 5:22-26
Crowded: To press closely together, not allowing any room.