Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Growing Deep Roots
By Lois Parker Edstrom
OBJECT SUGGESTED: Potatoes.
One of the best things about having a garden is digging potatoes. It feels like finding buried treasure. Slide your hands into the soil beneath a healthy potato plant and you will find potatoes attached to an underground stem.
Potatoes seem quite common to us, but they are valuable because a potato contains most of the vitamins needed for nourishment, and a good crop of potatoes can feed more people per acre than other crops can.
The potato is a root vegetable. The root system of a potato can go down almost two feet into the soil. That is this deep. (Indicate with hands.)
In a parable Jesus talks about people needing good roots. He teaches that we are like seeds; we need good soil to develop strong roots. We find good soil for our growth by reading and listening to the words of the Bible. Jesus said, “What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit” (13:23). Like the common potato, we too can grow deep roots of understanding that will nourish others.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan