Community-Building: All kingdom tasks are valuable, no matter the size.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Each man who stayed with the supplies will receive the same share as each man who went down to the battle. Everyone's share will be the same.
Everybody likes to be recognized for a job well done, for being a “hero.” But most of the time we are going to be a different kind of hero – community builders, people who work in the background to make things better. Recognition is not a bad thing—in fact it is essential in motivating and encouraging people to contribute their best to their team. We should always remember to say “thank you” for anything done for us. But when we are tempted to give our best only for recognition from our peers, we fall short of what God expects of us. God wants us to give our best all the time, “in secret” so that he gets the recognition. Matthew 6 tells us to give, pray, and fast “in secret.” Our concern is what God sees, not what others see. All our actions should be focused on and directed to God. Then we will truly be God’s kind of hero.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Name the rap talking lizard that Liz and the kids meet.
Q. Name the leader of all the relief workers.
Q. What did Chamy find attached to Liz's travel bag?
A. A note for Liz.
Q. What did it say?
A. "You are an inspiration."
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.
Read 1 Samuel 30. Why do you think David gave the same share to those who stayed behind as to those who fought the Amalekites?
Because without the people who stayed behind, the supplies of David’s army might have been taken by their enemies. No matter what job, they were all a part of the battle. And besides, the battle was not won by the soldiers; it was won by the Lord (v. 23). Because the Lord gave the victory, no one could claim a greater share of the reward. Jesus tells a parable that teaches a similar lesson (The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, Matthew 20: 1-16). You might want to include this parable in your family devotions this week.