Saturday, October 3, 2009

Dandelion Christians

Objective: To show the quality of steadfastness (determination) in both the dandelion and the faithful Believer.

Object: Dandelion, dandelion seeds if possible

When I was a little girl, I loved to pick dandelions and bring them to my mother as a gift. When my children were little, they picked the first dandelions in the spring and put them in a glass of water as a gift for me.

Dandelions are everywhere! Their flowers are easily pollinated, they grow in many climates, they are extremely hardy. You can walk on them, try to pull them out, and they still live. Each plant can put out hundreds of seeds (pollinated by common insects and bees). The seeds are lightweight and are blown everywhere by the wind—sometimes for miles. When they fall to the ground, they can begin to take root in tiny cracks in the sidewalk or blacktop. They are not fussy where they grow, and they have a strong root, called a taproot, that can grow down through even the driest ground to find water. They don’t know what it means to give up.

When I think of dandelions, they make me think of a word that the Bible uses about obedient, faithful Christians. That word is “steadfast”. Do you know what it means? It means to not give stand fast, to keep right on even when it is hard. It means that Christians must depend on God just as the dandelion depends on its strong root to find food and water. And it also means that Christians should be sending out seeds everywhere..

What is the seed we must send out? It is the good news that Jesus has died for our sins and that by trusting in His sacrifice for us, He makes us God’s children, and we can have life forever with Him in heaven. Another name for the seed is the Gospel of Salvation. Every time we tell someone about Jesus, we are dropping seeds of “good news.” Every time we trust God to help us do what is right, our roots are growing deeper and deeper in Him.

In I Corinthians 15:58, the Bible says “ ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding (increasing) in the work of the Lord...”

When you leave here today, look all around you and observe the dandelions. When you get home, pick a dandelion to remind yourself that Christians should be like dandelions...steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work God has for them.

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