This week we're kicking off a monthly long series called Dirty Jobs - because someone we're called to get involved in work that we just don't want to do... but someone's gotta do it!
We'll learn all about the concept of initiative through the story of Nehemiah - one of my favourite heroes in the Bible! This week we'll find out what Nehemiah does with what he found out about the wall in Jerusalem. In Nehemiah 2:11-18 we see that he took initiative and set out to fix the wall. When no one else would step up, He went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. And it’s that initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved.
Bottom Line: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done. When kids see something that needs to be done, they might think that someone else will take care of it. But what would happen if our kids saw it was possible for them to be part of the job? We want kids to realize that when they see what needs to be done, God might be telling them they
can be the one to do it. And if they can’t do it all on their own, they can ask someone they trust for help.
Scripture this week: Nehemiah 2:11-18
“Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work."
Life Application: Initiative - seeing what needs to be done and doing it.
Bottom Line: Don't Wait for Someone Else to Do What Needs to Be Done
Memory Verse: "Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord.” - Colossians 2:23a
Next Steps for Parents & Grandparents: At Dinner time this week play a little Q & A. For kids Ask: What is something you never seem to see that needs to be done? (e.g., dirty clothes on the floor) (Hint: Your parent probably knows the answer to this if you don’t.) For parents you get to answer this question: Are you more distracted by people, technology or other tasks when it comes to finishing a job?