We don’t always have to get on an airplane to go find a person in need. Most of the time we don’t have to get in our cars. Sometimes we don’t even need to leave our houses. At Watermark, we talk about how after we’ve had the opportunity to “come and see” who Jesus is, we then have a responsibility to “go and be” His representatives to a lost and hurting world. As we seek to be people, who are following through on what God has called us to do, responding to the needs of others is another way that we can show RESPONSIBILITY! What a privilege that our good and loving Father allows us to be a part of His plan to meet the needs of others
RESPONSIBILITY: Following through with what God has called me 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)
This Week’s Finish Line: I Can Be Responsible To Respond To The Needs Of Others
Ruth, a Moabite, married into an Israelite family who had fled to Moab during a famine. When her husband and father-in-law both died, she and her mother-in-law, Naomi, were left without anyone to care for them so they moved back to Israel. At that time, the poorest people would go through the fields collecting the leftover crops the harvesters dropped, which is exactly what Ruth did to provide for her and Naomi’s needs. A man named Boaz owned the field Ruth went to and he saw her needs. He protected her, gave her a safe place to work, and even gave her extra food to take to Naomi. Boaz also accepted his responsibility as the family’s kinsman redeemer by marrying Ruth, and their great-grandson ended up being Israel’s greatest king, King David! Just like Boaz paid the price to be Ruth’s redeemer, Jesus paid the price to be your Redeemer. By dying on the cross, Jesus paid the price to redeem us from the punishment of our sin. Anyone who trusts in Jesus and accepts His free gift of salvation is redeemed and saved from their sin!
- Read the story of Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz in the book of Ruth. Who was in need? Who did God use to care for those needs? How?
- What are some things in your life that might be distracting you from recognizing the needs of others?
- Sometimes those same distractions can keep us from meeting the needs of others even when we do recognize them. What does Philippians 2:5-11 teach us about looking beyond ourselves so that we can respond to the needs of others?
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Teacher: Meal Time
This week at the dinner table read one chapter a day out of the book of Ruth. Before each chapter, tell your family to listen closely to see who in that chapter is responsible to respond to the needs of others. After reading, discuss with your family on how specifically the person or persons were responsible. Then talk about how God used those people in His BIG story of history. Ruth and Boaz were the great grandparents of king David and many years later, Jesus came from the same family line!
Friend: Drive Time
As you are driving to and from activities this week, review the memory verse together. One of the greatest things you can do for your children is help plant God’s Word in their hearts!
“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)
As you are putting your family to bed, ask them who is someone that has been responsible to respond to the needs in their life. Ask specifically how they responded and what they did to help them. Encourage them to follow that person's example and explain that, ultimately, they are following the example of Jesus.
One way we can be responsible to respond to the need of others is by telling them the good news of Jesus. We have a fun and creative way for you to do that using pumpkins! Have your family invite a few friends over and share the gospel with them using pumpkin carving. Specific directions for the Pumpkin Gospel can be found here.
Thank God for seeing your needs and His ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Ask Him to help you pay careful attention to the needs of those around you and not just focus on yourself this week.
Next week we will begin a new trait, Fear!
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