And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withed away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell among good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:3-8
To build a strong and healthy garden we must first prepare the soil. Soften it. Add nutrition. lay in the seeds. Water it. Tend to the weeds. Enrich the soil with nutrition, and then,we must prune our plants to help them produce more fruit.
When we show children that there is ugly and beauty, that there is good and evil in this world, we are preparing the soil of their heart. When we read the bible with them, talk with them, pray with them, sing songs with them, and generally praise God for everything, we are giving them nutrition and the living water of Christ. Teaching, discipline, working through trials, are all a part of pruning for better fruit in the heritage of their faith.
Children who receive the gospel, but not the training of their Christian heritage are like the seed that falls on rocky ground being scorched by the evil of this world. When their daily lives are being spent immersed in everything contrary to the faith their heart becomes hardened against the ways of God.They will not stay with the faith if they have no roots in the faith.
The heart is the soil through which the roots of the faith is fed. Can a garden be healthy without nutrition and water?
Enjoy the time you have with your children. Sing, pray, praise, read the bible everyday, because they need Jesus everyday as much as you do.
Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears much fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:18-23