This week Steve explores the word MASTERS from Matthew 6:24. “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” If something is your master, it has power and control over you. It is worth thinking together about who or what deserves that kind of place in our lives. Here are some ideas to explore with your child before, during, and after worship.
- One message of this passage is that money cannot be our master. One way we faithfully try to live out a healthy relationship with money is to give offerings of it back to God, to be used in God’s kingdom-building. All the loose money in the offering plates goes to our special mission project for the day. Can your child draw a picture of that special ministry? Pledged money goes toward all kinds of things in and around the church and the world. Ask your child to look around the worship space and draw things that the money in the offering might help with. Keeping the lights on? The musical instruments? Bibles for new babies?
- Does your child have the opportunity to give at church? Do they see you give? The repetition of putting money regularly in the plate builds a habit of giving that will stay with a young child. Passing along an empty plate week after week does too…..(Sometimes we pass the plates along because we give online or mail in checks….our children do not see that happen, so what they may internalize is ‘giving is optional.’ Is it?)
- Show your young child how to make tally marks. How many times do they hear the word MASTER during the sermon?
Before or after worship
- Consider this exercise from www.buildfaith.org to help kickstart family conversations about money. The real value here is in your children hearing from you about your relationship with money…..http://www.buildfaith.org/2012/10/30/family-conversations-about-money/