Denise Day Spencer

March 10, 2009

Children’s object lesson: The parable of the growing seed

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 8:54 pm

Scripture: Mark 4:26-29

Object: seeds and the fruit of the seeds

Today we’re going to look at one of Jesus’ stories that seems, when we first look at it, to not be much of a story at all. He says the kingdom of God is like what happens when you scatter seeds on the ground and they grow into plants. Whether you stay awake and watch what happens or you forget about it and go to sleep, if those seeds have the right conditions to grow they will grow.

You can’t see what’s going on under the earth, and even when the plant peeps up through the dirt it’s like a miracle. First the little shoot, then a growing plant, maybe a part that flowers and then the fruit. You go from this (show seed) to this (show fruit).

Well, of course you do. Like I said, it seems like it’s not much of a story. You plant an apple seed and you get apples. So why did Jesus tell this parable?

We know seeds need certain conditions in order to sprout. And plants need the right circumstances in which to grow. They need good soil, sunshine and water. Jesus is assuming that the plants in this story have those things. What he wants us to remember is that the real work of growing that plant is up to God. We don’t have to stand on the sidelines and cheer for the seed in order for it to sprout. We don’t need to hover over the plant and beg it to grow, saying, “Please. Pretty please! Pretty please with sugar on it!” That seed is going to do what it was meant to do, because God told it so.

Remember how the parable began? “The kingdom of God.” That’s what Jesus is talking about here. He’s saying God’s kingdom will grow, even when we don’t know that it is and we don’t see how it can. It makes me think of places where Christians are persecuted. In some countries people are put in jail or even killed for being Christians. And sometimes it’s in those places that the kingdom of God grows the fastest.

We do need to share the love of Jesus with others–definitely! But we don’t need to think it’s all up to us. When the Holy Spirit brings someone to Christ, it’s like that little seed secretly growing beneath the earth. We may not even know He’s working in someone’s heart, but we can trust that what He decides to do He will do.

And that’s a pretty good story after all!



  1. Thank you for your help in how to teach this scripture to children. Your insights were very helpful. I really liked the glass illustration with the rocks and soil in it.

    Comment by k aren Yates — July 6, 2009 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you.. now, i have a report on our class and a story.. hehehe

    Comment by sara joy Gangoso — May 1, 2010 @ 1:19 am | Reply

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