This past weekend in Children’s church, we studied Matthew 5:13-16. Jesus calls us to be salt and light to a broken world. What does salt represent? Salt is a preservative, it melts cold ice (hearts?), and it is a spice. Children can be salt and spice up their world! With the power of the Holy Spirit and the a positive actions and attitudes that we choose, Jesus is glorified.
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus tells us “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
Encourage your child and family to memorize this verse this week.
- One way that we encouraged the kids to remember this concept comes from the Honeyword Bible. Whenever they think of or use salt, remember this: “I’m a saltshaker-flavor-maker!“
One memorable idea to help remember this verse is when you are putting your child to bed each night this week, bring a flashlight and turn off the lights and say the verse while you wave the flashlight in the room.
Your child can also be salt and light by responding to and participating in issues of social injustice such as the issue of LIFE. For example, make a LIFE poster and enter it in the The VoteYesForLife poster contest ( see previous blog for details) http://www.voteyesforlife.com
- Pray the LIFE prayer at night “Jesus, I pray your blood over my sins and the sins of my nations. God, end abortion and send revival to America.” You could even stand outside an abortion clinic and pray this prayer with red LIFE tape over your mouths. http://www.bound4life.com.
Sponsor a child who participates in an organization like Food for the Hungry. http://www.foodforthehungry.com The children at CATG give their offering to sponsor a child in Ethiopia. He sends us letters and keeps the children up to date on what is going on in his life. The children have sent him their class pictures that we took during a weekend service.
You can subcribe to PrayKids! magazine. It is an amazing teaching tool and has a page each month that is specifically targeted towards praying for lost people groups in the world http://www.praykids.com
Here are some more ideas from one of my favorite resources, Raising a Forerunner Generation -Children with a Passion for Jesus by Lelonnie Hibberd:
Pray for yourself and your children to be open to receiving a heart for the lost. Whether in your school, your neighborhood , or across the world, it is something only God can give and and is often a result of a renewed passion for Jesus or simply getting closer to God’s own heart, which burns with compassion for the lost (John 3:16)
Then, with your children, connect with Jesus! Pray “Jesus lead us, help us, Jesus guide us. What are you asking us to do?-to give- to be a part of- to spend our time and money on?