We all want to have a big impact for God – to see poverty eradicated, or the lines of racism erased, to see dozens, or even hundreds of people give their lives to Jesus as a result of our service. God wants the big impact, too, but He typically accomplishes it in much subtler ways – in the little things.
Luke 13:18-19 [NLT] “Then Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like?…It is like a tiny mustard seed that a man planted in a garden; it grows and becomes a tree…”
God loves building big things out of small beginnings! Just like a mustard seed, your contribution to God’s grand, worldwide scheme might seem small, but through the Holy Spirit’s direction, little acts of obedience can produce major victories for His mission.
- What was your missions pledge for 2019? (if you haven’t made one yet… make one!) In the grand scheme of things, does it seem like a little, or a lot? Now, think of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with 5 bread loaves and 2 fish. Did He need a lot to start with, or did He just need one person’s obedience? What sort of impact do you think God can produce through your obedience?
Mark 4:32 [NIV] “Yet when planted, [the mustard seed] grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”
Sometimes, it feels like we put in the work, and nothing is happening! Not every seed planted sprouts up overnight, but under the surface, the Holy Spirit is always working in the lives of people, more than we realize. Think of a few decisions you made today that were affected by your commitment to serve God.
Did they have an obvious, immediate impact for His kingdom? If not, imagine some ways that little decisions might have a big impact over time.
List a few people who have had a large spiritual impact on you. Did they accomplish that impact in one large gesture, or was it the accumulation of a lot of seemingly-insignificant things over a period of time?
3. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes to thank God for the people who sowed seeds of obedience so that you could hear the gospel. Ask Him to take your behaviors, your influence, your talents and your finances, and accomplish big stuff with them for His cause.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
Follow the Leader
1. Power Verse
Ephesians 5:1 “Follow God’s example in everything you do…”
What’s Up: “I Will Follow God’s Plan For My Money And Stuff!”
This week, we start a brand new series called, “Living Large”. In this series, we are learning how to handle our money and possessions God’s way. This week, we learned to “Follow the Leader.”
(Set Up: Go through your house and place a small amount of money [loose change is fine] in various locations.) Play Follow the Leader, doing the following:
- Do fun, safe activities that lead them to the places you’ve hidden the money. Give them the money when you get there.
- Do things that you normally wouldn’t allow your children to do, such as walk on top of the furniture, kick the walls, etc. When you stop, point out that there’s no money around.
Play Simon Says, doing the following:
- Give fun, safe commands, such as turn in circles, jog in place, do jumping jacks, etc. After “Simon” tells them to stop, give them a coin.
Give commands without saying Simon says that you normally wouldn’t want your children to do, such as kick your brother, pinch your sister, pick your nose, etc. Give a coin only to the children who DIDN’T obey the command.
How are these games like the way we should handle our money?
God blesses us when we tithe and give our money because that’s what the Bible says. When we’re unsure about how to spend our money, we should follow the example or ask for help from people who are obeying God.
4. Prayer Focus
Spend time thanking God for all of the money He gives us, and ask Him to help your children spend and save it the way He wants them to.