Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Bear one another’s heavy loads.
Is it easier to give help or to take help? For most of us it is easier to give help. It is so much harder to be dependent on someone. We fight against our need. We hide our limitations. We make every effort to do everything ourselves so we don’t have to ask for help. And yet being willing to ask for help is an important life lesson. In school being willing to ask questions helps children learn. At home, asking for help enables children to learn life skills. But most importantly being willing to admit need helps prepare a child to live in dependence on God.
Even in our Christian lives we prefer to do it on our own, not admitting that we are completely helpless to live a holy life before our God. But no amount of good deeds, or self-improvement is enough to be independent of the help we need from Jesus and the Holy Spirit. So, in your family prayers be sure to let them hear you express your need. Then they too can adopt a posture of need rather than independence.
Of course, we also want to be ready and willing to help those who need a hand—whether it is someone in your church, your neighborhood, your family, as well as those who suffer in our world. We may not know the needs, but pray God will help us to see them and to help them.
Do you need a hand? Thank God for the hands of Jesus, pierced for our sin and extended to us in compassion and love.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who is the new kid in Liz’s class?
Q. What makes him different than the others?
A. He is blind.
Q. What is “ice blocking?”
A. Riding a block of ice down a hill.
Q. What challenges are the kids given by Miss Wattle when they visit the mall?
A. Liz is “blind,” Lucille is “deaf,” Skink is in a wheelchair.
Q. How do Liz and Matthew achieve their challenge?
A. They work together and ask for help when they need it.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why do we need God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit?
The Bible tells us that any good thing that we do is so tinged by sin that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). It also tells us that there is “no one who does good, not even one” (Romans 3: 12). That’s a pretty grim assessment of our efforts to do good apart from God. But the Bible also gives us hope in Christ. Romans 3 (see verses 9-31) also says that we have available to us a “righteousness from God.” This righteousness comes to us through faith in Jesus Christ. When we depend on Jesus, we can do good in his name. See 2 Corinthians 9: 8 – “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”