Kid’s Devotionals On Parables – Moths, Rust And Thieves

Jesus’s disciples

Jesus told a parable (story) about possessions using the examples of moths, rust and thieves. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 6:19, 20)

One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of how His followers should view money and possessions.

Ask the children…

What did Jesus tell his followers not to do?  What examples did He give and why?

“‘Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.'” (Matthew 6:19)

Moths eat away at even the finest most expensive garments, rust destroys the strongest metals and thieves can break into a house and steal in an instant what it took years to save for and purchase.  That is what happens to everything we work for here on earth if it is only earthly treasure.

What did Jesus tell them to do instead?

“‘Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.'” (Matthew 6:20)

What are heavenly treasures that cannot be destroyed?  The only things here on earth that will be in heaven when we get there are God and people.  So building into the lives of people and growing our relationship with God is storing up treasures in heaven.

Ask your children how they can build their treasurehouse in heaven?  Share how you do it and put together a plan for helping your children.

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.

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