Community-Building: Showing Jesus's love.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Go and make disciples of all nations.
Both Liz and Lucille want to do great things for God, but things don't work out the way they hope. Liz tries and fails at a variety of things that he thought were great-but were not what God had given him the ability to do. Lucille is excited about going far away to tell the people of Phinistan about Jesus, but she doesn't show the love of Jesus to her neighbor.
All Christians are commanded to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel." And, God has given each of us special circumstances and gifts for this task. Too often we look at what others can do and try to do those things instead of doing what we can do. Liz overlooked his ability to write and produce skits-the thing he can do well-and tried to do something else great for God. Lucille wanted to tell the people of Phinistan about Jesus, but overlooked her next-door neighbor.
There are really two thoughts emphasized in this episode-1) the importance of telling others about Jesus; and 2) using your own unique gifts and circumstances is the best way to do this. Helping children understand both of these concepts will help them to appreciate their unique God-given gifts and circumstances as God's way of showing them how they are to tell others about Jesus. Children may not think that they can do anything important for God. But when they give what they have, like the boy who gave Jesus his bread and fish, God will cause great things to happen.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What great things did Liz try to do for God? (there are four)
A. Write a book; teach a Bible class; preach a sermon; build a house.
Q. Where did Lucille want to go on a mission trip?
Q. What is the name of Lucille's neighbor?
A. Mrs. Trollscales.
Q. Why did the pastor tell Lucille she couldn't go on the trip?
A. Because of her bad attitude toward her neighbor.
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.
Lucille was having trouble with her crabby neighbor, Mrs. Trollscales. What does Bible say our attitude should be toward people who are mean to us?
The Bible tells us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves and that includes those who seem like our enemies. Jesus told His disciples to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. (See The Parable of the Good Samaritan-Luke 10: 25-37, Matthew 5:44 and 22:37-39.) The source for our love for others is our love for God. God will help us to love our neighbors (1 Thessalonians 3:12), and to tell them about Jesus.
Liz wanted to do something great for God. Read the story of the loaves and fishes in John 6. When the little boy gave the disciples his dinner—five loaves and two fish—do you think he expected great things to happen? What did Jesus do with his gift?
Sometimes we think that what we can give Jesus is not important—too little to make an impact. But the gift the boy gave was more than five loaves and two fish. It was his dinner, all that he had, and he gave it to Jesus. This is the great thing that God looks for from all of us—all that we have. (See also Luke 21:1-4-the Widow's Mite.)