Idolatry-discerning: For Whom do you work?
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Work hard and with gladness all the time, as though working for Christ, doing the will of God with all your heart.
Liz was all caught up in pursuing membership in the 100% Club. He decided to put his all into getting perfect scores on his tests. He really wanted to have the honor, the distinction, and the adulation of his fellow students because of his membership. Is this unusual? No, not for children, not for adults. Maybe there is no 100% Club that we want to join, but we all like to have the approval of our peers and our superiors. But if this is all we are working for, we are shortsighted and missing the point. God wants our efforts to be motivated by our love for Him. Why do we work hard and do our best? So that God is honored, not us.
In Acts 5 we find the story of Ananias and Sapphira. They were seeking the approval of the church and thought that they would impress with a gift of 100% of the proceeds they received when they sold some property. But because they were focused on the approval of others, instead of the approval of God, they said they were giving 100% when actually they held back a part of the proceeds. Working for the approval of others can lead us down a path to destruction. How much better it is to do what is right for Jesus' sake, and in doing so sense God's smile.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the name of the club that Liz wants to join?
A. The 100% Club.
Q. Who was the president of the club?
Q. What did Liz have to do in order to get in?
A. Get 100% on tests in three different subjects.
Q. What made Liz decide not to join the club?
A. The rule that at school Liz couldn't speak to anyone who is not a member of the club—which meant he couldn't speak to any of his friends at school.
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.
Whom do we work for when we are followers of Jesus?
We work for Jesus. Everything that we do whether it is cleaning up our room, helping our parents, doing our homework, even playing with our friends, we do for Jesus. We want to do our best in everything, because Jesus is worthy of our best efforts. Our best doesn't necessarily mean that we get all 100% or perfect grades. It means that we have done our best, and we have done it with integrity. Jesus gave his best for us, and he deserves our best in return. (See Matthew 5:16, Colossians 3:23-24.)