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 we remember that Jesus gave His life away because He wanted us to experience the Kingdom of God now and forever in heaven.
Ask the children…
Where did Jesus encourage us to store up our treasures 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. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.'” (Matthew 6:19-21)
When we look around our homes we see the physical things we have purchased. Some of these are brand new, others have been used and worn out or we have lost interest in them. Eventually all these things will wear out and one thing is for sure, we will not take any of them to heaven.
Jesus encouraged His followers to think about heaven. He told them every material thing they could buy here on earth would get old and wear out. Only heavenly things are worth investing in and what we invest in is where our interest (heart) will be. That is why Jesus invested His life and death in people.
Ask your children what they think heavenly treasures are? If they don’t know, ask them what things will last and will be in heaven when they get there? The only things that the Bible says will be there are people, God and God’s word. Ask your children what it looks like to invest in those things? For example, caring for people, talking to God, reading and applying His word. Ask your children how they are going to change their investments during this Lenten season. Pray with them about it.
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