Growing up, I always thought it’d be cool to be a superhero. Mostly because, well, flying sounded like it would be AMAZING. But also because superheroes stood up for what was right regardless of how dangerous or how scary the situation. Their conviction drove them to find the courage to stand up to evil, even when no one else seemed to care or stood petrified with fear. No matter what, the superhero came to the rescue.
Given the chance, I thought that jumping into the storyline of my favorite superhero comic book sounded like something I would want to do with my life. I guess it’s because when I was kid, I didn’t realize that I was already part of an amazing story. No one ever told me that it didn’t take some super power to act like a superhero.
I have a feeling there are a ton of kids out there who feel the same way. That’s why we’re taking the months of June and July to discover what it means to Stand Up: Get in the Story as we learn more about conviction.
Conviction is standing for what’s right, even when others don’t.
Let’s take Jesus for example. Even for Jesus, the Son of God, it wasn’t always popular to do the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing meant hanging out with tax collectors, blessing the little children, or even forgiving someone who had done something wrong. No matter what it was that Jesus needed to do, He did it because it was the right thing to do.
But doing the right thing often made Jesus stand apart from some of the rich and powerful people of His time. They didn’t always like what He was doing or saying, but Jesus never let those crowds persuade Him to go against what God, His Father, wanted Him to do. Even when it meant going to the cross to die, Jesus knew that it was the right thing, and He did it.
Jesus was able to live with conviction because He knew the will of His Father, and that gave Him strength and courage. In the same way, God has given us the ability to know what is right and the ability to do it. You see, when we are fueled by God’s character, we will stand up for the things that matter to God.
For our elementary friends:
We’ll close out the month of June by looking at how Daniel’s friends also showed conviction. In Daniel 3, we look at the familiar story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. When faced with bowing down to an idol or a fiery furnace, it wasn’t a question for them—they were willing to do the right thing. When the friends did what was right, God stepped in and rescued them from the furnace. Because of their conviction, the king realized that God was the true God and should be worshipped.
Bottom Line: When you stand for what’s right, others can see God. Standing for what’s right isn’t always easy, but when you do, it makes it possible for others to see why you have conviction in the first place. Because of how you stand up, others can see how awesome God is.*
For our preschool friends:
It’s summerrrrrr! I hear Olaf singing that, don’t you? Gotta love Olaf, but we have no snowmen in our summer theme this year. We do however have water—and lots of it!
It’s time for Camp Splish Splash!
Camp Splish Splash will run through both June and July and introduce our preschoolers to lots of interactive Bible stories that all teach us God’s way is perfect. And, they all have something else in common—water! So, get your tubs, buckets and towels ready. The water activities are coming. We might even consider doing some of the activities outdoors (when applicable) for easier cleanup.
The month will end with Gideon and his dwindling army. Now, here is a man who really trusted that God’s way is perfect. He listened to God and allowed his scared soldiers to leave. Then, God told him to only keep the soldiers who drank from the river in a certain way. Gideon trusted and listened, and God led his army to victory. What an awesome story!
As we share these stories with preschoolers, we want not only to have fun, but to show them solid examples of people following God’s way and it being the perfect way. We want to teach them to trust God’s way in the easier things so that when life gets harder, they will know that God’s way is perfect, and that’s the way they should choose.
Camp Splish Splash has a fun call and response chant and hand motions the kids will love, here’s a sneak preview of what that looks like so you can practice:
They will also be learning the hand motions to our Bible verse, and we thought you might like to learn them, too! So, click here to see them:
Here are this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!
*By Dan Scott ©2015 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com. Used by permission.