Jesus told a parable (story) about not worrying about our needs and using the example of birds. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 6:25-27)
One day Jesus was teaching His followers and He brought up the subject of worry about God taking care of our everyday needs.
Ask the children…
What were the things that Jesus said people worry about?
“‘That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?'” (Matthew 6:25)
We can spend our lives worrying about everyday life things and miss out on the opportunity to trust and enjoy God’s provision.
Do the birds worry about food and does God meet their needs?
“‘Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? ‘” (Matthew 6:26)
Right outside my window there are two birch trees. Almost every morning as I sit and write, the birds are enjoying the little seed pods. They seem to be having a lovely time and are not worried about anything.
If we are worried about these everyday things, we will miss out on the more important food that God wants to give to our spirits.
Ask your children how they think God feels about the birds? Go look at some birds together and marvel at this wonderful creation. Ask your kids how God feels about them? How valuable do they think they are in God’s eyes? Remind them that they have infinite value. Open your arms wide when you remind them. Thank God together that you are so valuable to Him and that you can trust Him to provide for your needs.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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