Servant-Working: Following Jesus
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, My servant also will be.
How do you plan your life? Do you try to do it on your own? Or, do you follow Jesus? What do you do when life seems overwhelming? Do you put your head down, grit your teeth, and depend on yourself to get through it? Or, do you depend on and draw strength from Jesus who is going through it with you?
To follow Jesus is not so much to think of Him way ahead of us, leading the way, as it is walking alongside us, guiding us on the way. Isaiah 41:13, "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 30:21, "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
When our children go off to school, they are thrust into an environment that can be very scary to them-bigger kids on the bus and in the halls and teachers who give tests and demand good behavior. What a gift we give them when we teach them that as followers of Jesus they are never alone. Jesus will always walk with them and guide them through their challenges and opportunities.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What has happened to Spike's mom and dad?
A. His dad moved out of the house.
Q. What did Grandpa give Liz and Spike?
A. A map.
Q. What happened when they tried to follow the map?
A. They got all confused and lost.
Q. What did Grandpa do to help them?
A. He went with them to find the way.
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.
Matthew 26:58-75 - Here we see that Peter followed Jesus at a distance as Jesus was taken by the soldiers and put on trial. But following "at a distance" got Peter into big trouble when he denied Jesus three times. We can't follow Jesus at a distance and be strong in our faith. We must walk closely with Him in order to stand firm in the challenges of life.
Luke 9:23 - When you follow Jesus, you do it sacrificially, that is, you have to place your own needs and wants aside to serve God and help others.
John 10:4 - When you follow Jesus you know the sound of His voice. Now you don't necessarily hear an audible sound, but you know Jesus, your Shepherd, well enough that you recognize what is true and what is not. And how do you get to know Jesus this well? We read His word, the Bible.
John 10:27 - Not only do you know Jesus, He also knows you. When you follow Jesus you are known and loved by Him.
John 12:26 - Following Jesus comes before serving Him, in other words, first you decide to follow Jesus, then you start serving Him. And, you know when and where to serve by looking for the places where He is already at work and joining Him in it.