What materials do you need to create a garden? Probably tools and wood to build a raised bed, and definitely soil, seedlings, and fertilizer. What about necessary tools to navigate a painful conflict with a family member? Maybe God’s Word as a guide, the input of your Christ-centered community, patience, self-control, etc.? God’s Word shows us that He will provide everything we need for the work He has entrusted to us. This week, we get to explore how He has given us what we need for the important kingdom work we learned about last week!
MEMORY VERSE: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor for the Lord is not in vain!" 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58__
Last week, we learned that Jesus gave His disciples the work of going and make more disciples (Matthew 28:16-20)! He reminded them of this again in the book of Acts right before He was taken up in a cloud (Acts 1:6-11). What happened next? Well, we don’t have to wonder, the bible has the answer! It was Pentecost, and people from all over the world were there in Jerusalem…and they didn’t all speak the same language (kind of like the Olympics). How could the disciples obey Jesus’ command to tell these people about Him, when they didn’t even speak the same languages? This might have seemed like a problem to the disciples, but it wasn’t a problem for God! God gave them exactly what they needed to do the work He had given them. Through the Holy Spirit, God gave the disciples the ability to speak all kinds of languages so they could tell other people about Jesus dying for their sins in a language they would understand. For more on this story, check out Acts 2:1-12 and these family-friendly video clips: God’s Story and What’s in the Bible.
Read Acts 2:1-12
1. Look at verses 1 and 5. Who was in Jerusalem and why were they there? (Pentecost was a Jewish holiday celebrating the first crops of the harvest. It was so important, Jews from all over the Roman empire came to Jerusalem to celebrate and afterwards go back to their own cities.)
2. What happened when the believers were meeting together? (The Holy Spirit came to all the believers.) What ability did the Holy Spirit give to the believers who were in the room at Pentecost? (He gave them the ability to speak in a language they hadn’t learned so they could share the Gospel with the visitors in Jerusalem.)
Read Acts 2:38, 41
3. How did the Holy Spirit give Peter what he needed to be diligent in the work Jesus called him to do? (The Holy Spirit gave Peter the right words to say, the ability to speak to people in their own language, and the courage to boldly share about Jesus.)
4. Remember what we learned last week? (Hint: Matthew 28:16-20) Just like Jesus gave a task to His disciples, He calls every believer to be a witness for Him and live in a way that honors Him. The good news is that God will give us what we need to be diligent and do the work that He calls us to do!
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Make a list as a family of some of the work God has given you to do. (EX: Obey your parents, love your brothers and sisters, serve Him, share the Gospel, encourage others, etc…) Read 2 Peter 1:3. What does Peter tell us that God gives to everyone who believes in Him? How does God help us be diligent in our work? (God gives us everything we need for living a godly life. That means He gives you what you need to obey your parents, love your siblings, to do what you know is right even when it’s really hard, etc. He is with you in every single part of your life.)
Make up hand motions to help you memorize this month’s memory verse (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV). Once you have it down, try to sing the memory verse to the tune of whatever song comes on the radio next. Keep playing until you find a song that fits!
Think back to the list you made at dinner about what God has called you to do. Choose at least one thing from that list and pray, asking God to give you what you need to carry out that work diligently.
Check out the Significant Summer Calendar and Activity Book for this week’s National Flip Flop Day challenge! See who in your family can come up with the most creative challenge or activity for National Corn on the Cob Day (June 11th) and National Weed Your Garden Day (June 13th) and do that activity as a family! For example: who can spit their corn kernels the farthest, ask your neighbors if you can weed their flower beds, etc.
Thank God for giving us work to do AND giving us what we need to do that work. Thank Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to help you be diligent in whatever He calls you to do and wherever you go this week.
Next week we will continue the month of June with the godly character trait, DILIGENCE. We will learn that we can focus on our work until it's done.
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