Servant-Working: Depending on Jesus.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
One day Jesus saw a woman bring her offering to the Temple. It was a small offering, only two very small coins. But Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on" (Luke 21:1-4).
Do you feel strong when you have nothing? Do you feel you have everything, when you have nothing? Or do you feel that if you have nothing, you are weak and helpless. Do you feel that you are nothing when you have nothing? It's hard not to feel like a failure when you have nothing that is valued by your church, your culture, yourself. It's hard to think that you are making one bit of difference in God's kingdom when you feel invisible.
One Kingdom principle is that you have to lose your life in order to find it. That's a hard one for us to understand. After all, it's when we have something that we feel like we are on the way to finding our way, not when we are groping around in the dark. When it's all about Jesus, then we find ourselves as Jesus wants us to be-completely dependent on him.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What was the name of one of the weapons Liz used against his enemies?
A. Screamin' Mimis
Q. Where did Chamelia want to put Liz and his friends?
A. In the pit of doom.
Q. What was the full message of the Rock of Truth?
A. When you have nothing, you have everything.
Q. How did Liz get into the X-Monsters from Planet Xenon game in the first place?
A. The game gave Liz and electric shock that knocked him out and while he was unconscious he thought he was on Planet Xenon.
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.
Why do we have to have nothing before we can have everything?
Once when little children were brought to Jesus he observed that "anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it" (Luke 18:17). In many ways children have nothing, yet Jesus holds them up to us as examples of what his followers should be like. When we have everything our hands and hearts are full, we have no room for anything more. We have no room to receive what God wants to give us. But when we have nothing, we are ready to receive what God wants to give us. And what God gives us is everything-life with and for Jesus.