Team Lacerta

THEME

Servant Working. Faithfulness in Small Things

MEMORY VERSE

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

Matthew 25:23

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.’

NOTES

When Liz is asked to join the Team Shaznut racing team, he thinks he will learn to drive a race car and become a star. Instead he finds himself sweeping the garage and cleaning tools. His disappointment soon becomes carelessness, which in turn causes big problems on race day.

Like Liz we discount the importance of "little" jobs. And, even if we do understand the importance of these jobs, we often like them best if someone else is doing them. We instinctively resist being one of the "little" people.

But all work is God's work and the Bible affirms faithfulness in the "little" things. Children can only do "little" things, but when we give them opportunities to contribute to the family tasks from an early age we show them that their contributions are important to us and to God. And they can begin to practice faithfulness in the "small" things so that they are ready to be entrusted with the bigger things God has planned for them.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Where did Liz's dad take Liz, Morrie, and Spike?
A. Terrene Speedway.

Q. Who did they meet there?
A. Percy Pomegranate.

Q. What did Percy offer Liz?
A. A job on the racing team.

Q. What was Liz's job?
A. Cleaning the garage, organizing tools.

Q. Who drove the car on race day?
A. Percy's son, Sean.

Q. What happened to the car?
A. It crashed and was disqualified.

GOOD QUESTION

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.

Q.
Liz didn't do his job well because he thought it was not important. Is that what God thinks?
A.
The Bible tells us that God expects faithfulness in every job we are given, big or small. See The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) and Colossians 3:17 and 23. Faithfulness in the small things shows that we recognize that God is the giver of our work and the focus of our efforts. We bring God glory when we are faithful in everything he puts in our hands to do-household chores, homework, cooking, cleaning, singing, dancing, building, driving, playing sports, etc.

SO WHAT?

Make a list of the things that God has given you to do. How have you done these jobs in the past? Can you name some specific ways that you can be faithful with the work that God has given you to do? Write these down and ask your mom or dad to help you remember and to check on your progress.
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