Jesus taught in parables because He wanted to make His lessons memorable. Jesus understood that when we listen to stories and discover the themes in those stories, the lessons of those stories were much more memorable than if He had just skipped to the lesson.
One of those parables was about a farmer sowing seeds. Jesus told a story about a farmer because many of his listeners were farmers. He knew they would relate to the struggles of this farmer to plant his seed in good soil so it would produce a good crop. But Jesus was not interested in helping farmers to grow more lettuce and broccoli. He wanted us to grow in our faith.
In this parable some of the seeds fell on the path and was eaten or swept away. Some seeds fell in the rocky places and among the thorns. Some of the seed fell in good soil and produced a huge crop.
When our own faith is rooted in good soil we can produce a crop as well. God will use us to create fruit by spreading our faith to others. We pray for our friends. We look for opportunities to love and serve those in need.
It’s easy to get distracted by the cares of the world and forget to spend time with God, but God wants us to make Him number one in our lives. He wants us to make spending time with Him our top priority. If we make God number one, our faith will grow like the seed in the good soil. We will be able to avoid some of the thorns and rocky places. Our faith will help us blossom!
Check out this week’s Sunday School lesson about the Parable of the Sower. Learn how to make a Valentine succulent wreath, seed bombs, or a clay flower pot with hearts.