Idolatry-Discerning: Wanting it all.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Be on guard against every form of greed; life is not in possessions.
Granny wanted to teach Liz a lesson about greed, so she placed $500 in front of him to see what he would do with it. All that unexpected money enabled him to indulge in things that he would not be able to buy otherwise. This seems like something a kid might fall for. But what about adults? Do we fall in the trap of greed?
Greed can be described as “wanting it all” or “an excessive love of money or whatever money can buy.” It seems that greed sort of creeps up on you. From just being stingy because you are worried about not having enough for yourself to hoarding your resources; from wanting a little more than you have to wanting it all. Suddenly you find that you are more concerned about your stuff than you are about other people.
Someone once said that Christians should “travel lightly.” When we do we don’t keep a lot of stuff. We don’t hold onto our money and possessions with tight-fisted hands. We hold it lightly. That way we can be generous to others and we demonstrate our trust in God for our own needs. So, what do you model for your children? Do you hold lightly to your possessions? Are you generous in giving to others?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What did Liz and Spike find at the park?
Q. Who saw them find the money?
Q. What did they do with the money?
A. They spent it.
Q. What are some things that they bought with the money?
A. The latest X-Monsters video game, Lizzokey sunglasses, an expensive shirt.
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.
How does greed affect our relationship with God?
The context of this lesson’s memory verse is the occasion when a man comes to Jesus asking him to make his brother share his inheritance with him. Jesus’ answer shows that he wasn’t as interested in the man’s inheritance as he was in the man’s relationship with God. Jesus wanted to adjust the man’s perspective and to have him see that he shouldn’t be worrying about the amount of his possessions, rather he should be concerned with becoming rich toward God (v. 21). When we are focused on our possessions, and consumed with greed, we are actually loving our possessions more than we love God. (See also Matthew. 19: 16-24.)