How can your gifts and talents be used for the kingdom of God? Do you even know what your gifts and talents are? God has blessed each of us with gifts and talents that we can use to help others. In fact, we can help family and friends, we can help the church, and we can help strangers. All of this helps advance the kingdom of God and makes you living proof of a loving God to a watching world.
All month we’ve taken steps to get us to this point. God made us. Because God made us, we are important to Him. Because we are so important to God and He loves us so much, He sent us Jesus. Not only that, he wants a relationship with us. That means we can talk to Him anytime, anywhere, and about anything.
But how does all that mean we should help? Well, if we were made in God’s image and He loves us so much, then we too should love each other. Loving each other starts with the simple act of helping. Helping doesn’t look the same for everyone. While we are in the image of God, we are part of the church body. That means He made us each for a special purpose and gave each of us special gifts and talents to accomplish that purpose.
This week we will introduce our kids to that idea of helping as we show them the life of Tabitha. Her talent was sewing. That doesn’t sound like much but she used it in a big way to help those around her. Our kids can do the same thing by helping others in their own special way.
Here’s a snapshot of what we’ll show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God made me to help others. (Timothy and Tabitha • 1 Timothy 4:12; Acts 9:36-39)
Memory Verse: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14, NIV
Key Question: Who made me?
Bottom Line: God made me.
Bible Story & Worship
If you would like to see a Bible video of the
story, you may check it on our Abundant Life Journey Kids Facebook Page or
via the Parent Cue app by reThink. In the app, the video is part of the content for preschoolers so list your child’s grade as preschool in order to access.
Regardless of whether you watch the video or not, here is a version of the story that you can read to your child. So cuddle up and enjoy. As you finish the story, jump up and worship God by singing and dancing with your child to a couple of fun songs by KidSpring.
The materials below will help reinforce the story as well as bring Jesus to their level. These can be done in any order but I recommend the Discussion/Application last (this is the part that really brings Jesus to their level.) Also, this is our last week for the memory verse, so have a reward ready for them as they show you how big they are and say it all by themselves.
As we wrap up, I’d like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in discipling your kid(s). It’s my hope that these resources are just a starting point for many wonderful conversations with your kid(s) on their path to accepting Jesus into their lives. My prayers are with you.
“And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you will teach them diligently to your children, and will talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Angela Moody is the Preschool Coordinator at Abundant Life.