Racing to Win


Idolatry Discerning. Trophies Worth Winning


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

1 Corinthians 9:25

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.


Sometimes God asks us to do things that make no sense-Build a boat where there is no water (Noah, Genesis 6-8). Bring good news to those who want to kill you (Jonah, Jonah 1-4). Leave your home without knowing where you are going (Abraham, Genesis 12:1-9). Blow trumpets in order to knock down the walls of Jericho (Joshua, Joshua 6). But people who belong to God do them anyway because they trust that God knows what he is doing, because they love God, and because they want to receive the eternal reward-a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:25. The crowns that were given to athletes in Paul's day were made of leaves-they didn't last long.)

Sometimes Christians make choices that seem to make no sense. Why would we choose to go to church on a beautiful summer Sunday? Or give a tenth or more of our income away? Or spend a vacation serving people who are poor and sick? Or spend one night a week with prisoners in maximum security? Or leave family and friends to live in a foreign country? Christians have a different value system and work for trophies that are worth winning, trophies that last--fellowship with God here on earth and eternity in heaven.

When your kids ask why you make the choices that you do-be sure and tell them about the one that determines all the others. Belonging to Jesus and living his way is the only way to truly be a winner.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What did Liz see in Grandpa's barn?
A. Slimer's (Sean) racecar.

Q. What did Liz's mom want him to do?
A. Help Mrs. Wartson.

Q. What did Grandpa tell Liz to do in order to learn to drive?
A. Spin in circles and cut the grass with an old lawn tractor.

Q. What happened when Grandpa got sick while driving his truck?
A. Liz took over and drove the truck to safety.


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.

Liz wanted to become a star racecar driver—and to have the trophies that go with it. What kinds of trophies does the Bible tell us to work for?
The Bible tells us to work for a crown that will last forever. What does that mean? What things are temporary? What things are eternal? Which will you work for? There are only two things that are eternal-God and people. When we invest in these two things we are investing in eternity, we are working for rewards that last forever. We have a choice - do we want to work for things that are temporary? Or do we want to work for things that last forever? (See the story of Jesus and the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-30)


Write down all the things you did today. Did you do anything to show God you love him? Did you do anything to help someone else? What can you do tomorrow?
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