Rather than reject Him and be lost forever, children need to accept Jesus as Saviour.
Matthew 13:24-30 and 13:36-43.
An Enemy Sows Weeds:
On day as Jesus was preaching to a crowd, He told them a parable about the
kingdom of Heaven being like a farmer who sowed good seed in his field.
But while everyone was sleeping, the farmer's enemy came and sowed weeds among
the wheat seeds and then crept away.
The wheat seeds sprouted and grew until they matured and formed heads, but the
weeds also appeared among the wheat! The owner's servants came to him
and asked, "Sir, didn't you plant good seed in your field? Then where
did all these weeds come from?" The farmer replied, "It was an enemy
that did this!" The servants then asked, "Do you want us to go and pull
up all the weeds?"
"No," answered the farmer, "Because while you are pulling up the weeds, you may
uproot the wheat with them, so let them both grow together until the
harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to first collect the weeds and
tie them in bundles to be burned, and then gather the wheat and bring it into
After Jesus had sent the crowd away, and He went into the house with His
disciples. They then asked Jesus to explain what the parable of the
weeds meant. Jesus explained that He was the farmer who sowed the seed,
and that the field is the world, and the good seeds are people who have given
their lives to God.
The weeds are the those who haven't given their hearts to Jesus, and who listen
to the devil, and the devil is the enemy who sowed the weeds. All he
wants to do is to draw children away from God, and get them lost in the world
chasing thrills and pleasure, and all kinds of sinful things.
The harvest is the end of the world where the angels will be the harvesters.
Jesus will send His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom every
person who is a sinner and who sins and does evil. They will be thrown
into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping, and great pain and
torment. However, all those who are righteous and belong to God will
shine like the sun in the Kingdom God in Heaven.
Wheat and Weeds:
The farmer in Jesus' story would not allow his servants to pull up the weeds.
Why did he stop them? (Let the children respond
while the wheat and the weeds were growing, both were very similar green
plants. It would be hard to see the difference and the servants could
easily pull up some of the wheat by mistake.
But at harvest time, the weeds would stay green, while the wheat ripened into
a golden yellow colour. And so at this time it would be easy to pull up
the weeds first before harvesting the wheat!
Accept Jesus as Saviour:
Jesus finished His parable by saying, "He who has ears, let him hear".
In the Bible, "Hearing" means to listen, and to take in what has been said,
and to then go and do what is required.
Do you hear, dear child? This story gives a stern warning that Jesus is
coming soon and that we need to be ready for His return. To be ready,
you need to have accepted Jesus into your heart as your Saviour, rather than
reject Him, and be like a weed and be lost.
If you have accepted Jesus as your Best Friend, Lord and Saviour then you are
one of God's children. You then belong to God and when Jesus returns or
if you should die before He returns, you will go to Heaven and live with Him
Are you going to be a weed or good wheat? The choice is yours!