Have you ever thought, “I don’t have much to offer. What could God possibly do with what I have to give?” We talk ourselves out of stewarding the little bit we have because we don’t think it matters. Well, it matters to God. God’s power isn’t dependent on us. It never has been and it never will. Whether God has given you a lot or a little, His desire is for you to steward it well. None of it is really ours anyway so why not commit whatever you have to the Lord, trust Him and then watch Him use it in ways you could never even imagine?
STEWARDSHIP: Honoring God With All He Has Given You
MEMORY VERSE: “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him and He will help you." PSALM 37:5 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: To Honor God We Steward Our Treasures
Wherever Jesus was preaching in Galilee, huge crowds followed Him because they had seen all of the amazing things He had done. On one occasion Jesus saw the need these people had for food and asked His disciples what they think they could do to help. It looked like an impossible task but Andrew found a young boy whose lunch consisted of two fish and 5 small loaves of bread who was willing to share. The amount of food the boy had wasn’t important. Jesus can do just as much whether we have a lot to steward or just a little. With the boy’s small lunch Jesus fed a crowd of probably 10,000 people! What’s most important is that we are willing to steward whatever treasures God has given us for His glory.
- Read John 6:1-13. What “treasure” did the boy bring to Jesus? Did the boy himself have enough to feed all the people? What did Jesus do with the boy’s small gift?
- How did the boy bring honor to God by stewarding his treasure well?
- What kinds of “treasures” has God given you? Talk about a time you have stewarded your treasures well. What happened?
- Does God’s power depend on the amount of treasure you have? Why or why not?
Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
* Check out our vision for parents and how to use these activities each week.
Teacher: SS CHALLENGE #7: SERVE - Sticky Service
Challenge: Who loves breakfast for dinner? We bet your neighbors do! Invite some friends or neighbors over for a meal that includes some of your favorite sticky breakfast foods (pancakes with syrup, biscuits with honey, cinnamon rolls, etc.). Coach your kids ahead of time on how to be a good host to your guests and put on their servant hat! Don’t forget to snap a pic! Afterwards . . .
Read: John 6:1-14 (or the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 from your favorite kids Bible)
- How did you feel about our time with our guests? What was really fun? What, if anything, was hard about it?
- Think about the boy who gave his 5 loaves and 2 fish. What do you think was hard about giving away his lunch? How do you think he felt after seeing what Jesus did with it?
- The “treasures” we have as a family don’t belong to us. They belong to God who asks us to be a steward of them to honor Him. What are some other treasures we have and how can we use those things to honor God?
Friend: What Are Our Treasures?
As you are driving in your car help your family to define what we mean by “treasures.” Start by asking your family what they think of when they hear the word "treasure". They will probably have lots of thoughts like pirate chests, money, jewels or toys. Explain that our treasures are all the earthly possessions God has given us. That could mean our toys, but also means our food and our house. The ability to steward our possessions for God’s glory will come from a understanding that everything is God’s and is a gift from Him to us.
Counselor: Your Favorite Treasure
As you are putting your family to bed ask them what their favorite “treasure” is. Ask them if they can think of a way to steward that treasure for God’s glory. This does not mean you have to give it away but simply think of a way you can use it or share it. By doing this you could serve, bless or help others which is glorifying to God.
Coach: Kids Are A Treasure
In the morning as you are getting your family ready for the day take a moment to tell them that they are a treasure God has given you to steward. Tell them you are thankful for the treasure they are and commit to them that you will steward your influence on them as their parents for God’s glory. Pray with them and ask God to help you be intentional in your relationship with your family.
Thank God for whatever treasures He has entrusted to you. Thank Him for how He is able to use whatever you have for His glory. Ask Him to help you be a better steward of all He has entrusted you with.
Next week we will continue the month of July with the godly characteristic trait of STEWARDSHIP. We will be learning that to honor God, we steward our troubles.
Subscribe here to start getting our monthly email to stay in the know with everything going on with Watermark Kids!
Image via Creative Commons