Think of your favorite thing, something that is very special to you. Now, did you know that Jesus wants us to love Him more than that special thing, more than anything? And that Jesus is worth loving more than anything. In this week’s story, Mary shows her love for Jesus by pouring out an expensive bottle of perfume. How will you pour out your love for Him this week?
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus is worth loving more than anything else. While Jesus was having dinner at a friend’s house Mary came to see Him. She sat on the floor at Jesus’ feet and began to wash his feet with her tears and wipe them with her hair. Then she opened a very expensive bottle of perfume and poured it on His feet. The friends at the dinner were very upset because they thought she had wasted the perfume, but Jesus was pleased. He told the friends to leave her alone. Mary showed her love for Jesus by serving Him. She loved Jesus even more than her fancy perfume and was willing to give all she had to honor Him. (John 12:1-8)
- Jesus is worth loving more than anything else.
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us Jesus is worth loving:
1. Serving Bottle
Draw or cut out a perfume bottle shape on construction paper or poster board. Let your child decorate it and hang it in your kitchen or your child’s bedroom. Each time you see your child serving others (sharing a toy, picking up, folding laundry or helping with dinner) put a sticker onto the body of the bottle. Take the opportunity each time to praise your child about the “selfless” act. Once the bottle starts “filling up,” choose something special as a reward, like a trip to the ice cream store! After your child has finished decorating his jar, talk with him about how Mary served Jesus by using these questions.
- What did Mary pour over Jesus?
- Why did Mary pour perfume on Jesus?
- Why were the disciples upset about Mary doing this?
- Was Jesus happy because of what Mary did?
2. Dinner is Served
Let each child take a turn being the servant at dinnertime. For little ones, it might just be scooping the food onto each plate, and for the older ones, it might be taking people’s orders, serving, and cleaning up.
3. Closet Clean Out
Talk about sacrifice, giving, and serving. Take the time with your child to go through toys, clothes, etc. Talk about not just choosing the old crummy stuff, but some nice things too to donate to a local group.
Lord Jesus, You love us more than You loved even Your own life. You want us to love You back! Help us to follow Your example and love You more than we love anything else. Give us a heart to serve others so we can share Your love.
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