SUNDAY 24 MAY
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Sometimes our bodies do not work exactly how we would like them to. It may because of a broken arm after falling off the monkey bars, or because of sickness or a medical condition. And, as we grow older our bodies become frailer and more susceptible to breakage and disease.
Last week’s passage reminded us that despite, or even because of, our weaknesses and flaws, God can use us to shine his power and glory to others. This week’s passage, 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, likens our bodies to tents! Do you think you look like a tent? No, I didn’t think so. Tents are temporary houses, often used when you go camping. Paul wants to remind us that our earthly bodies are also temporary, and in faith, we can look forward to the day that we can live with God in the new and forever-perfect heavenly bodies he will give us.
In the meantime, no matter what our weaknesses or problems are, God is bigger! Get ready to join in the actions in our kids’ song this week, Great Big God.
To keep hands busy while listening to Andi’s talk today:
- Younger Kids – What do you think our heavenly bodies will look like? Draw two pictures of yourself, one as you are now and one in your heavenly body.
- Older Kids – Find a verse from today’s passage that stands out to you. Write it on a large square of paper. Fold the paper into an Origami Tent.
- Extra activities: Colouring Page, Wordsearch.
Family Devotion Time:
After/Before your service of choice, or at a time that best suits you during the day, watch Margaret’s talk …
Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 together:
- What are some of the amazing things your bodies can do?
- What are some of the limitations or weaknesses of your bodies?
- Discuss that as Christians, we can be confident about our future because we are promised that we will be raised from the dead and given new bodies. Our heavenly bodies will never age, get sick or die.
- Does that mean that we should just look to the future and not worry about the here and now? Should we just wander aimlessly through life without any daily goals?
- Discuss the fact that God made each of us for a reason and that how we live is important. This passage encourages us to have the goal of living lives, here and now, pleasing to God.
- What can you do today that would please God?
Pray together, thanking God for loving us and for having a forever plan for our lives. Ask him to help us to walk in faith when we can’t see how he is working out his plan. Ask him to use us, during this time we have on earth, to live lives pleasing to him.