Idolatry-Discerning: Where's your heart?
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
So, where is your treasure? Is it in stocks, bonds, CDs, precious metals? Is it your career or your hobby? Is it your family? How can we tell? Well, one way is to look at how we spend our time and money. How much time do we spend with family? With friends? What percent of our money goes to our hobby? What percent to church and charity?
We could say that how and where we spend our time and money isn’t that big a deal. But the Bible tells us it is a big deal. Why? Because it shows the loyalties of our heart. Is God and the mission he’s given us our treasure? Then our heart is in the right place.
Our treasure not only shows the true focus of our hearts. It also affects our actions. If your treasure is earthly stuff, it is also perishable. We live with the anxiety that we could lose our treasure. But if our treasure is God and his kingdom, we live in the freedom of his care and the promise of lasting joy. (See Luke 12:33.)
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who was Liz all excited about seeing in the ball game?
A. Dizzy Snodgrass.
Q. Who caught Dizzy’s record breaking home run ball?
A. Liz and Morrie.
Q. Why did Dizzy get in trouble after the game?
A. Someone noticed that his bat was tampered with and illegal.
Q. What prevented Liz from getting seriously hurt when he fell?
A. He landed in a garbage dumpster.
Q. What was Liz’s treasure?
A. His treasure was Dizzy and the homerun ball.
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.
What is your most precious possession? What do you think is God’s most precious possession?
Read Ephesians 5:1, 2. How are God’s children described? How did Christ show his love for us? How does it make you feel that you are called God’s dearly loved children? What does that tell you about what God treasures? What is God’s most precious possession?