Today the kids learned that "Jesus power helps us do hard things", "For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13)
God often asks his followers to do hard things. Noah built an ark. Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son. Mary bore the Son of God. Ananias had the terrifying job of reaching out to Saul.
Saul hated the early church. He approved the stoning of Stephen and arrested and imprisoned Christians. Christians ran away from Saul—not toward him!
In Acts 9:15, God doesn’t ease Ananias’ misgivings with words of comfort or empowerment. He simply shares His life-changing plan for Saul and urges Ananias to go.
Jesus still asks his followers to do hard things. Kids know it’s hard to forgive when someone hurts their feelings. They’ve experienced the difficulty of splitting time between parents’ homes after a divorce. Kids can tell you how tough it is to make new friends, do what’s unpopular, learn a new skill in school, and reach out in friendship to someone who’s lonely.
Today’s activities, at SKC, will encourage kids with the truth that Jesus’ power can fortify them through life’s challenges. Just as Ananias drew strength from God’s reassurance and plan, kids will come away with renewed inspiration that they can trust in Jesus’ power to tackle the hard things they face.
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