The Order of the Gator

THEME

Servant-Working. Giving

MEMORY VERSE

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

Luke 6:38

Give and it will be given to you.

NOTES

Are you a giver? Sometimes it’s hard, isn’t it? Especially when we are feeling a pinch financially, or when the giving calls for sacrifice or something that you treasure. Thinking about this brings to mind the Bible story of the widow’s mite (Luke 21:1-4)? This happened shortly before Jesus’ death. Jesus was at the temple watching people put their gifts in the temple treasury. As he watched a woman, a poor widow, walked up to the collection box and gave two small copper coins as her offering. Although this was a small gift, so small it would be considered insignificant by most, Jesus commended her gift because she “put in all she had to live on.”

God gives us the most powerful example of sacrificial giving. In the familiar Bible verse, Jesus tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Sometimes we can lose the impact of this statement for us personally. It can pierce our hearts and our complacency when we replace the words “the world” with the more personal “me”—God so loved ME that he gave his one and only Son . . . .” To read it this way can take your breath away as you realize the depth of God’s love.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6: 19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What does OORD stand for?
A. The Order of the Gator.

Q. What does Liz have to do to get the OORD?
A. Figure out some riddles.

Q. Who else tried for the OORD?
A. Grandpa Anole.

Q. Did he get it?
A. No.

Q. What did Scooter give to the sacrificial giving booth?
A. His shoes.

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.

How did God give sacrificially?

A.

By sending his son Jesus to earth to die so that we can live forever in his family. Look up these verses: John 3:16, Ephesians 3: 17 – 19, Psalm 103: 11.


Q.

Do you think that it is true that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts20: 35)?

A.

When you receive you are blessed by the gift. But when you give you are blessed by the knowledge that when you give to someone in need it is like giving to Jesus himself (see Matthew 25:34-40).


SO WHAT?

Are you in the habit of giving a portion of your money to God? Talk this over with your parents and make a special place (box or piggy bank) to put keep your offering until you can give it to your church, or some place else where it can make a difference for Jesus’ sake. One thing you could do is to talk to your family about supporting a child through Compassion International (http://www.compassion.com), or providing a poor family in another country with a goat or school supplies (http://www.crwrc.org). There are many opportunities to give to others in Jesus’ name. Find one that you can do with your family.
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