God-worshiping: Training for the everlasting crown.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
“Run in such a way as to get the prize.” During the days of the apostle Paul, many cities had a gymnasium where young Greek men would train for athletic competition. They would throw discus or javelin; participate in jumping or running events; wrestle or box; or ride in horse competitions. Many of the Jews at this time did not allow their sons to participate because a gymnasium would be attached to a Greek temple. The athletic competition would be in honor of a Greek god. The Jews knew that these were false gods. Paul and his readers must have known about the gymnasium for Paul to make this comparison. He saw that these runners strictly trained for a prize that would not last.
Today, awards are very important to a lot of people. We watch the Olympics and admire the athletics who have trained their whole lives for their events.
Paul says that their crowns will not last. He says that we must strictly train for a crown that will last forever. How are you putting God first in your life? What are some examples of your God-worshiping throughout the week? Who are you “training with” or who is running alongside you and encouraging your Christian walk this week?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. In what sport does Rex Regal participate?
A. Marathon running
Q. What does Liz order at the Pretzel Place?
A. A hot Royal mess.
Q. What are two ways that people can donate?
A. They can donate one time only or donate dollars per mile.
Q. Before the race, what almost stops Liz from running in the 10 km run?
A. The organizers had put his name in the girls’ division.
Q. What have the race organizers put along the course to help the runners against the heat?
A. Extra water stations
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.
Describe some of the ways that you are training for “the crown that will last forever”.
I Thessalonians 5: 12-28 has many practical examples of what it means to train in the Christian life. Make sure that you have other people in your life who can train with you. Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. Hold onto what is good. Read the Bible.