Do Not Worry | Matthew 6: 19-34
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Matthew 6:25 (ESV)
25 “So I tell you, don’t worry about the things you need to live—what you will eat, drink, or wear. Life is more important than food, and the body is more important than what you put on it.
Meaning: Life is more than just laboring for the temporary things in this world. Eternity in heaven is far more important, and its treasure lasts forever.
Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
33 What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what he wants you to do. Then he will give you all these other things you need.
Meaning: By considering God’s kingdom before making decisions and investing significantly in temporary treasures, we will be able to live purposeful lives of eternal importance.
God knows and provides for our every need.
Bring in a bunch of small smooth stones, big enough to write words on, and several permanent markers. Give one stone to each child. Instruct them to write the one thing they worry about the most (help the younger children by writing it down for them). When they are done, collect the stones and place them in a backpack or bag. Now, let each child try on the backpack and describe their experience—it’s heavy, burdensome, difficult to carry, energy zapping, impossible to perform other tasks, and so on.
Jesus says, “Learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls, my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Now, take out each stone and read it to the class. Using Scripture (see the Suggestions section above), begin discarding each stone one by one. When the backpack is empty, let each child try it on and describe their new experience—light, easy to carry, easier to accomplish other things, easier to move, and so on.
Give your burdens to Jesus. He cares for you.
Dear Father, thank You for solving our biggest problem by sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. Thank You that You will take care of our needs, and You’ll never leave us or forsake us. Now you call us to come to you when we’re tired or burdened, and You will give us rest. Help us to cast our cares upon you because You care for us. We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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