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 keeping our commitments and honoring God and others by following through with what we say we are going to do.
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)
King Josiah was only 8 years old when he became king! As he grew, the Bible tells us that he “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” (2 Kings 22:2) During his reign, the Book of the Law was found, and when King Josiah heard what was written in it, he tore his clothes and mourned the sin of his people. He realized that they had all been disobedient and not responsible to keep their commitment to worship God alone and obey His law. Josiah didn’t just hear God’s Word; he committed to follow through with what God’s Word called him to do. He burned down idols and tore down temples. He read the Book of the Law to the people, and they celebrated Passover and other holidays as a way to keep their commitment to honor God.
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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 seriously when we “commit” by saying yes or no to something. Pray together, asking God for wisdom before we make commitments and the strength to follow through with what we say we will do.
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 as an example of keeping your commitment to your kids!
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 learning about Responsibility!