We have been going through the book of Genesis, which is a book of “beginnings.” We saw how in the BEGINNING, God created the world and everything in it, we saw the BEGINNING of when sin entered the world, how sin ruined creation and began to spread, and for the next several weeks we will look at how God will carry out His great rescue plan to bring His people back to Him.
We learned in today’s lesson that Abraham was asked by God to leave his land, his relatives, and his father’s house to go to a new land where God would make him into a great nation so that they could be a blessing to the world. Although Abraham did not know where he was going, He had faith in God. Abraham had faith and he obeyed, and God counted his obedience to him as righteousness. In response to this lesson, FaithKids were challenged to go on a journey around the room to look for objects they would need to pack for a special trip. The catch was that each child had to find the objects with their eyes closed and they would only be told what the object was once it was within their reach. As FaithKids took turns being the blind object retriever, they needed to rely on the directions given to them by the rest of their peers so that they could be guided to the proper destination. This game tested the children’s trust and willingness to go to places they could not see in order to obtain objects that were not shown to them in advance. As the game went on, we added more than one child to go to different areas of the room to look for different objects with more than one group of peers calling out the directions.
We discussed how hard it was to be able to follow blindly, not knowing where we are going or what we are to receive. We also discussed how much more difficult it was when additional voices were added and multiple directions were being called with varying instructions. We labeled these additional voices and opposing directions as the “noises and distractions” in our world…the things that tug at our heart strings and lead us away from the direction that God is calling us to go toward, preventing us from doing the things that God is calling us to do. Noise will always be present in this world, opposing views will always be thrown at us, but Paul tells us in Galatians 3:29 that “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.” We are all a part of God’s bigger family, and being a part of this amazing family means we are a part of God’s amazing promise to be a blessing to the world.
We ended our time talking about how we can bless others in the mission field we are placed in using the gifts God has given to each of us. Here are some of the things the children wrote down: