This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Luke 8:4-15, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.
Jesus was talking to a lot of people who came from different places. He told them a story about a farmer who was planting seeds.
Some of the seeds fell on a path and people stepped on them. Birds ate the seeds, and they didn’t grow. Some of the seeds fell on rocky soil, and they couldn’t grow because there was no water. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew bigger than the seeds and choked them. But some of the seeds fell on good soil and they grew really well! The farmer got a lot of crops from those seeds.
After telling this story, Jesus said, “If you have ears, listen to what I’m saying.” His disciples asked Jesus what the story meant. Jesus explained that the seeds were like God’s words. Some people hear the words but don’t understand them, and the devil takes the words away from their hearts. Some people get excited when they hear God’s words, but they don’t stick with them when things get tough. Some people hear the words but get distracted by the worries and pleasures of life, so they don’t grow. But some people hear God’s words and take them to heart, and they grow really well!
- It’s important to listen carefully to God’s words and keep them in our hearts.
- We need to be patient and keep growing, even when things get tough.
- The condition of our hearts determines how we receive God’s word.
- We should strive to be like the good soil and bear fruit in our lives.