Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock

So do you have the song associated with the title of this blog running through your head yet? I do. My youngest really enjoys this song. We sing it at night before bed. This weekend we were singing it in our camper.

We got some much needed family time away this weekend. (Even though we were only 3 miles from home at the campground, it was still away from home). On Sunday morning we decided to spend some time with the girls reading from the Bible and talking about what we read.

I was not prepared to do this ahead of time and they were in a hurry to get outside to play so I racked my brain for a story I could read to capture a 3, 6 and 8 year-olds attention and teach them something at the same time.

So, we started to sing about the Wise Man and the Foolish Man. I read them the story from Matthew 7:24-29.
The Wise and Foolish Builders
 24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

 28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

We asked the girls what it meant to build their house upon the Rock. They told us about how you have to believe in Jesus. We talked to them about how it isn't enough to just believe, but to build your house upon the Rock, you must live out what you believe. We talked about what it means to be a foolish man.

Our middle child said in a soft voice, I know kids that don't believe in Jesus. It was really sad to hear her voice. She understands the consequences of not believing. Our oldest was able to explain to us that If you are wise you will go to heaven and if you are foolish you will go to hell. Pretty deep for an eight year-old, but she knows what she believes.

Our biggest prayer as parents is to build our house upon the Rock of Jesus Christ. To live our lives as an example to our girls so that they will grow up and also build their homes upon the Rock. Listening to their little childlike faith so far, I think they are headed in the right direction.

1 comment:

Ang said...

Thanks for stopping by The Creative Mama! Have a fabulous Wednesday and get that battery charged! ;)