More than likely, your kids are daily inundated with stuff that they’re convinced they just have to have. Today’s culture tells us that the more stuff we have, the happier we’ll be. But even the coolest stuff breaks, rusts, decays, or these days, is replaced with a newer model that becomes a new object of desire. The world gives us stuff, but it will never satisfy. God’s promises are better because they are eternal and the only truly safe place in which to put our hope.
HOPE: Having confidence in God's promises!
MEMORY VERSE: “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: The world gives us stuff,
but God’s promises are better
In the book of Luke, we read about two different men who both got to meet Jesus. Even though they never knew each other, these two men had something in common – they both had a lot of wealth. The first man was a religious leader who asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life. He thought because he’d kept a list of rules he would definitely get to spend forever with Jesus. Jesus told him to sell all his stuff and give his money to the poor, but the man just couldn’t do it. Jesus knew that in his heart, this man had put his hope in his riches and his stuff instead of God’s promises. The second man was named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector and the way he made his riches was through lying and cheating. As you can imagine, he wasn’t super popular because of this. Jesus came to Zacchaeus’s town and out of all the people who came to see Him, Jesus chose Zacchaeus to spend time with. Zacchaeus had probably never been shown this kind of love in spite of all the wrong he’d done. He got to experience’s Jesus’s grace – love and forgiveness that is undeserved. Right away, Zacchaeus realized that he’d been putting his hope in all the wrong things, like his wealth and stuff, instead of in the Lord. Once he realized this, he offered to give away half of his wealth and to pay back anyone he’d previously cheated. One of these men in Luke learned that the world gives us stuff, but God’s promises are better, and the other serves as a reminder of how easy it can be to think that our stuff is more important than God.
- What did the rich young ruler ask Jesus? (What did he have to do to get eternal life?)
- What was the one thing Jesus told him to do that he didn’t want to do? (Give all his possessions to the poor) Why do you think hearing that made him so sad? What did that reveal about his heart? (He cared too much about his stuff)
READ LUKE 18:18-23
READ LUKE 19:1-10
- Zacchaeus was rich according to the world’s standards but what was he missing? (He didn’t have a relationship with God) What did Zacchaeus do with his stuff after he met Jesus? (He gladly gave away his stuff and paid back those he had cheated four times the amount he took.)
- Look at verse 9. What did Zacchaeus get that was better than his stuff? (Because of his faith in Jesus, he received salvation, rescue from the punishment, power, and presence of sin!)
- Which of these two men understood the Gospel and what Jesus was trying to teach? (Zacchaeus) How did or didn’t it change each man’s heart and actions? (When the rich young man heard Jesus say he had to give away everything he was sad. However, Zacchaeus joyfully offered to give his stuff away.)
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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
Teacher: Meal TimeReview the stories of the Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:18-23) and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10). What is one thing you would be really sad to have to give up? Why? Why do we like to get more stuff? What do you think it can do for you? Do you have confidence that it will make you happy? Feel important and liked? Provide safety and security? Why? For how long? How would your life change if you didn’t care about those things anymore and only put your hope in God? How long will God love you and keep His promises? Take some time to go over the list of God’s Promises that all the kids went home with this weekend.
Friend: Drive Time
Play “Spot the Lie” as you drive around this week, focusing specifically on stuff vs. God. Whether it’s billboards, talking about movies or shows you’ve watched, or thinking about each of your destinations, where do you see the world trying to convince you that you should put your hope in stuff the world gives? What truth from God can you use to combat those lies?
Thank God for all the earthly blessings He has given you and for all the ways He provides for you. Ask Him to help you put your hope in Him alone and not in all the stuff you have. Ask Him to help you use the earthly blessings in your life as a way to glorify Him and tell/show others how awesome He is!
Spend time reviewing our character traits, definitions, and memory verses from this year. You can find them all by clicking here. Focus on one character trait per week this summer. Come up with fun ways you can live them out with your family, friends, or neighbors. It’s not too late to make the most of your year at K1 Race, On Your Mark, or Crossroads 45 before your kiddos move to their next grade!
Thank God for all the earthly blessings He has given you. Ask Him to help you put your hope in Him alone and steward your resources wisely so that you can be an example of hope to others.
Next week, we will continue in HOPE and learn about how God always keeps his promises!
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