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John 4:5-42

Planting a Seed

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John 4:5-42

Planting a Seed

By Lois Parker Edstrom



Think about a really good teacher that you have had. Maybe that person is a school teacher, a church school teacher, a parent, a family member, or a friend. A good teacher helps us explore new ideas and can explain things in a way that makes sense and is also interesting. A good teacher is a teacher because he or she loves to teach and wants to help the student be all that he or she can be.

Most teachers never know what the results of their teaching will be. It takes many years for you to mature and become an adult. During that time you will discover your interests and talents and decide how you will use your life. A good teacher plants a seed and years later others will see the results of that teacher’s work. This is the same idea as that of a farmer planting an apple tree. It takes many years for the apple tree to grow and produce apples. The farmer plants the tree, but others, years later, may pick the apples and make them into pies.

Jesus talks about this idea and his words are recorded in the Bible. He says, “One sows, and another reaps” (4:37).

Another way of saying this is: One person plants the seed and another person may harvest the fruit. When we say something that is helpful to another person or do something that is kind, it is a way of planting a seed of God’s love. We may not know the result, but we can be sure that when we work with God’s love there will be a good result.

P.S. Give your teacher an apple!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan