It really is fun to look around our churches, our workplaces, or our communities to see how God has wired so many people so uniquely to serve Him in so many different ways! It’s also fun to look at our kids and begin to see some of those gifts and talents emerge and to look forward to watching them develop into opportunities for kingdom work. Part of being responsible is committing our gifts and talents to the One who gave them to us and allowing them to be put to work for His kingdom.
MEMORY VERSE: “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct." GALATIANS 6:4-5 (NLT)
Matthew 25 tells a story about 3 servants who were all given bags of silver by their master before he went away on a trip. The first two servants had the right view of their master and they wanted to follow through with what He had called them to do. The 3rd servant was irresponsible with the silver he was given and even blamed the master for his actions. When the master returned, he was pleased with his servants who had honored Him and kept their commitments so decided to give them more responsibility. When the master received report from the final servant he was angry. He commanded that his one bag of silver be taken and given to the servant with the 10 bags of silver.
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At the dinner table this week, ask your family what they think commitment means. A great definition for commitment is: a promise to do or give something; or be loyal to someone or something. Teach your family that commitments are serious things and they are not meant to be taken lightly. When we make a commitment, there are almost always people counting on us. Commitment is similar to jumping off a diving board, once you have taken that step off you are absolutely committed! Have your family come up with different examples of commitment similar to jumping off a diving board.
Kids love hearing stories about their parents lives! Stories are also great teaching opportunities because you are able to use yourself as an example. So while you are driving with your family tell them a story about how you were not responsible with a commitment you made. Show them at what points the decisions you made led you to being irresponsible and allow them to see how you and others were affected.
As you are putting your family to bed discuss how much God cares about being responsible with our commitments. Read Joshua 22:5 and Matthew 5:37 together. The verse in Joshua shows that God desires them to be fully committed to Him and His commandments, and the verse in Matthew shows that He also takes it serious when we “commit” by saying yes or no to something.
As you are getting your family ready for the day ask them what the commitments in their lives are. Things like school, work or sports are commitments. Then ask them how you can help them to be responsible with those commitments. Be sure to follow through with how you decide to help!
Thank God for all the “talents” He has given you & for being your perfect Master. Ask Him to give you the ability to let your yes be yes and your no be no this week.
Next week we will continue the month of October with the Godly characteristic of RESPONSIBILITY. We will learn that we can be responsible to the needs of others.
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