September 7 // Do things God's way.

Read Matthew 4:9 out loud with your family.

 

Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.

 

Q: Your parent will buy you a bike if you do your chores, but your friend offers to help you steal it. Which option do you choose? 

 

Parent Note: Stealing it gets us the bike right away and without having to do any work, but it is a sin. This is the situation Satan presented Jesus in an attempt to get Him to sin. Jesus' mission on earth will ultimately give Him reign over all people and control over all of the earth. Obtaining this goal by way of God's plan required Jesus to suffer and die a horrible death. Taking Satan's offer would be a sinful shortcut to power, but it would not glorify God or help Him to defeat sin and death. 

 

FAMILY PRAYER:

Read the following prayer out loud. Have your kids repeat after you:

 

Dear Lord, thank You for giving me the choice to obey.
I know that obeying Your plans will help me follow the path You have for me.
Please teach me know recognize Your voice and do things Your way.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.