In June (Part 1), we will have focused on the virtue of responsibility, which is showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you. We’ll have introduced the idea that God’s gifts to us come with some expectations, or responsibilities, that He entrusts to us. In July (Part 2), we’ll continue the line of thought by focusing on service, which is lending a hand to help someone else. There’s what you HAVE to do (Part 1) and what you CHOOSE to do (Part 2). What you SHOULD do and what you COULD do. What you NEED to do and what you WANT to do. We think putting responsibility and service back-to-back will produce a powerful 1-2 punch.
So here’s the line-up for July:
What in the world are you doing that’s more than you have to do? Jesus did more than He had to for people, and He wants us to go the extra mile, too (Matthew 5:41). Every day we have the choice to “get by” or to go the extra mile. When we do more than we have to for others, what does that show them about God?
What in the world are you doing to help someone others won’t help? Jesus always saw people and met their needs, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality. He wants us to be “good neighbors,” too (Luke 10:30-37). Every day we have the choice of living more like the Samaritan and less like the Levite. When we LOOK and DO for others, what does that reveal about how Jesus sees them? What does it reveal about what He’s done for them?
What in the world are you doing to put others first? Jesus put others first in countless ways, and He wants us to do the same (John 13:1-17). Me first or you first? Our words and actions answer that question every day. Do our words and actions help others experience Jesus’ love?
What in the world are you doing that only God knows? Jesus said that motives matter. The reason behind our service counts. If we serve in order to show off, that’s all the reward we can expect (Matthew 6:1-4). But if we serve “secretly,” then what will happen?
So, help kids think about what in the world they are doing.
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