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 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 the Day of Easter begins to approach and we remember that Jesus gave His life away for us, who can we give to that has a need we can fill?
Ask the children…
In this passage, what did the Lord tell His people about how they were to give?
“‘When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.'” (Matthew 6:2-4)
Real giving comes from the heart and not to impress anyone else. Jesus used the example of those hyprocritical givers who made great fanfare about their giving so they would be noticed by men. On the other hand, Jesus encouraged a private giving experience where only the heavenly Father would know. Our Father is the one who provides our true reward of satisfaction and treasures in heaven.
Ask your children what needs of others that God has revealed to them in the past few days? This does not need to be a monetary need, it could be the need for encouragement, or help with homework, etc. The season of Lent encourages us to sacrfice some of our time, talent or treasure for the needs of others.
Make a plan together how your children can meet the needs they see around them. This may be a good time to go to your local rescue mission to help your children see real needs and that there is something they can do about it. Pray and ask God to provide you with a heart of giving and compassion for those in need.
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