We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!
This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…Andrew Harper!!! Congratulations Andrew! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Myles Green, Elijah Longchamps, and Matthew Kotsyuba! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.
Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how obeying God is not just one action a day…it is a way of life.
OBEDIENCE IS MORE THAN A VERB…
A “verb” is a word used to describe an action. It is something you DO. For example you jump, run, swim, stand, speak, eat, laugh, and so on. Those are all verbs…they are all actions. Obedience takes action. To obey means to DO something… specifically, it means to DO what you have been asked….whether by your parents, your teacher, or even God. If your parent asks you to clear the table, it requires action (a verb) to obey – you must get up, pick up the dishes, and deliver them to the kitchen counter/sink/dishwasher… all of which takes action on your part. So obedience requires action – obedience involves VERBS (things you do). But is that all obedience is? Before you answer that, let me give you another example…
Once again, a parent asks a child to clear the table. The child gets up while rolling their eyes and picks up all the dishes while exhaling the air in their lungs very loudly (aka huffing and puffing). Then, while carrying those dishes to the sink their feet are too heavy to walk quietly (aka stomping their feet), and then they just plop the dishes on the counter followed by a glaring stare toward their parent…expressing that they “obeyed” the “command” and couldn’t possibly get in trouble for not washing the dishes, loading the dishwasher or doing anything else to help, because ALL that was asked of them was to “clear” the table.
So, let me ask you again, is obedience simply an action, simply a verb? Did they obey? Technically they obeyed the “action” requested of them…BUT let’s be clear…in NO WAY did they show a heart of obedience. There is a big difference. Let’s take a look at a Bible story where someone represented a heart of obedience, proving it is more than just a verb…
Attitude is 100% choice. We each choose our attitude in every situation. We can choose to obey with a good attitude or a bad attitude…but only one of those choices honors the Lord. Let’s take a look at God’s Word and see what God says about attitude.
- How does Philippians 2:14 tell us to obey?
A. with a fake smile
B. huffing and puffing
C. without complaining or disputing (arguing)
D. whining and pointing out how unfair life is
- What does Proverbs 17:22 compare a joyful attitude to?
A. good medicine
B. spoiled milk
D. a barking dog
- What does Philippians 4:8-9 tell us to focus on?
B. our technology
C. whatever we want
D. what is true, right and honors the Lord
- According to Philippians 2:3-4, what should be our goal each day?
A. making ourselves happy
B. putting others before ourselves
C. getting our own way
D. doing whatever we want to do
- So considering these 4 verses, how should it impact our attitude in obedience?
A. Obeying our parents without complaining about it
B. Choosing a good attitude no matter how long our chore list is
C. Focusing on God each day, helping our hearts WANT to serve and obey
D. Listening to our parents/teachers the first time, to show we are putting them
before our own interests and desires
E. All of the Above
- How can you do better this week with your attitude of obedience?
(discuss with your family)
This week…and every week…let’s do our best to work towards obeying to the best of our ability, with a good attitude, without complaining, putting others before ourselves, and right away (the first time we are asked). This is what honors the Lord.
ANSWERS: 1 = C; 2 = A; 3 = D; 4 = B; 5 = E
“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.“2 John 1:6 (October’s Memory Verse)
LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes
Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.