Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Traditionally, Christians have observed Lent by devotion, fasting, repenting, and giving. We can invite our children to join us as we observe this season, as we prepare our hearts and our lives for Easter.
Thanks to Kimberlee Conway Ireton for her plan that I used to develop these Kid’s Devotions.http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/storage/files/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf
As we get closer to the Easter, Jesus told His followers that in the Kingdom His followers would give without expecting to get anything back.
Ask the children…
What worldly belief did Jesus challenge?
““If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! ” (Luke 6:32)
The worldly belief that our giving should result in some benefit for us.
What Kingdom principal did Jesus give instead?
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.” (Luke 6:35)
If we are looking for earthly rewards for our giving then we are not operating with a heavenly Kingdom mindset. The real rewards will be given out in heaven for those who give here on earth without a thought to getting something back, especially when they give to those who don’t deserve it. Like Jesus did on the cross.
Ask your children what opportunities they have to give this way? Serving a family member, a homeless person, an anonymous service or gift. Make a plan for giving without any return today.
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