What’s the Big Deal?

THEME

Justice-Seeking: Little sins lead to bigger sins.

MEMORY VERSE

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

James 1:14-15

Your own evil longings tempt you. They lead you on and drag you away. When they are allowed to grow they give birth to sin. And when sin has grown up it gives birth to death.

NOTES

What's the big deal? How often do we adopt this attitude? When we drive faster than the speed limit, when we pad the deductions on our tax return, when we do personal business on company time. And, if we get away with it once, it's easier the second time, and the third time, until it no longer feels like sin. We have finally succeeded in silencing our conscience and are oblivious to the sin that has taken up permanent residence in our lives.

Little sins lead to bigger sins. But it's tempting as parents to let the little sins slide-the little lie that homework is done, the little action that is unkind, the decision to disobey a little rule. But we do our children no favor if we don't notice and teach this important truth. Little sins lead to bigger ones, and little sins, when dealt with at an early age can be prevented from growing into bigger, more dangerous sins.

That doesn't mean that we are harsh with our children, ever ready to point out their faults. This episode ends with the metaphor of a snowball. If you keep adding snow to a snowball it gets bigger and bigger, just like sins can. But conversely, if you melt the snowball, then the potential for growth is removed. Melting the sin with loving direction will go a long way toward eradicating the danger of a little sin.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What did Liz pick up on his way home from school.
A. A pipe from a construction site.

Q. Why did Liz's dad make him return it?
A. Because it did not belong to him.

Q. Why did Spike get assigned to Saturday detention?
A. Because Miss Wattle thought that he set off firecrackers in a trashcan.

Q. Who does Lucille have trouble with?
A. Her neighbor Mrs. Trollscales.

Q. How does she respond to Mrs. Trollscales accusations?
A. She responds with patience and respect.

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.
Why do you think that God makes such a big deal out of little sins?
A.
First of all, all sin is sin (James 2:10). Some sins are more terrible than others. But even the smallest sin is a serious offense against God. Second, God knows that one sin leads to another (James 1:14-15) and God want us to avoid this and to honor him in the way that we live. (Matthew 5:16) When we are entangled in sin we live in darkness and fear of being found out. When we avoid sin, we have nothing to hide and can live freely in the light (John 3:20-21). Which do you prefer-the darkness or the light?

SO WHAT?

Can you name some sins that you think are just little sins? Make a list and talk you're your parents about what can you do to avoid these sins?

Listen to the song at the end of this episode. See if you can learn the lyrics and sing along.

LITTLE SINS GROW
Lyrics - Jim Jordan
Vocal - Brent Helwig
Music - Steve Wick

Chorus:
Like a snowball rolling,
Getting bigger as it goes
It starts a chain reaction
When you tip that domino
It starts so little
Then it's huge before you know
I'll give you some advice
I'll make it real concise
Those little sins grow.

Verse 1:
It wasn't such a big deal
When the whole thing began
Somewhere it lost control
I didn't follow what I planned
Back then I was clueless
But now I understand
Those little sins grow

Chorus

Verse 2:
I guess I had it coming
Yeah, I knew it was wrong
I did it anyway
Thought it'd be over before long
It grew into an avalanche
And carried me along
Those little sins grow

Bridge:
Small decisions make a big, big difference
When it's right or wrong you choose
If you think you'll get away
With a tiny sin today
It's a game that you are bound to lose
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