Aim: To enforce in children that Jesus is Our Rock, Our strength . We need to go to Jesus in every sad, happy, good, bad moment in our life. Especially when we are sad or something upsets us, or we feel our studies or a situation is hard - we need to got to Jesus. That way, we will always be perfectly capable of dealing with different situations in our life.
Luke 6:46-40 (NRSV Version)
The Two Foundations
46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”
Lesson: Imagine, you are in the beach with your little Beach toys- sand buckets and little shovels etc. Imagine you make this lovely sand-castle. It is nice and big - with little towers etc. You are so proud of your work ,you run to show it to mum and dad.
Just as you are showing it ot them - a huge wave comes and washes right over your sand castle!!!
What happens to your castle? Does it remain nice and strong as it was?
Because it was made of sand and built on sand!!
Now, imagine you built that same castle a little higher up on a rock- would the wave have been able to reach it? would it have been destroyed that easily?
Imagine you built a strong house with bricks and all on Big Rock or a mountain? Would a wave destroy it?
This is what this parable is about. Remember we told you that Parables are stories Jesus told us to teach us a lesson.
What Lesson was Jesus was trying to teach us??
Jesus was trying to tell us that we , or Our Lives are like the houses in the story.
The waves are the problems, sadness, difficulties in studies, or problems with our friends.
The Rock is our faith and Love for Jesus with our prayers.
Jesus was trying to tell us that we need to build our lives on our Love for God. When the waves of sadness , difficulties come we are supposed to go to Jesus and get strong knowing that Jesus will help us - all we need to do is ask Him!!!
Then no matter what happens - Jesus will carry us up - He will lift us and put us high up - so our problems will look small!
Let us remember then to pray everyday and ask God to help us everyday!
Thank-you for being my Father and making me your child!
Help me to remember that You love me and that I need to come to you whenever I feel sad or find things difficult. Give me strength and help me to love you more.
I Love you Lord,