Lesson for 5/27/15 coming from the book of Philemon and Hebrews. Scroll down for the game and pictures from Wednesday night!
As a way of rationalizing situations and making a complicated world less complicated, humans cope by putting things into groups. These groups, though helpful internally, sometimes create hierarchies. No matter what barriers we put into place to try to prevent these, there will be people who see themselves as “better than.”
When schools enforce uniforms to try to prevent kids from categorizing one another by clothing, there are still kids who find other negative things to say. They may judge others by hairstyles, cell phones, teeth instead — anything of the utmost trivial nature simply to be “better than.”
As Christians, it is important to break free from this worldly principle by humbling ourselves as Christ did when he washed the feet of His disciples. Though such a job was reserved for servants (and Jesus was by no means anywhere close to a servant), He wanted to show that even He could be humble and that He expects the same from us.
The Bible uses many examples of servanthood to explore humility and equality amongst Christians. We took a look at the book of Philemon. The kids thought it was so hilarious that we were reading an “entire book of the Bible.” “What chapter are we in?” someone screamed. “There’s only one chapter!!”
Jokes aside, Philemon was a friend of Paul’s. His servant, Onesimus ran away to Paul and became a Christian. Paul loved Onesimus so much that he called him his “son” and in the letter, he asked Philemon to allow him to come back. Despite being but a servant, Paul pleaded with Philemon to allow Onesimus to come back “as a dear brother…” and “as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord.” He calls for Philemon to treat a servant as an equal, the same as he would treat Paul.
We jumped to Hebrews 4:14-16 as well:
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
This passage tells us that Jesus, our great high priest, was tempted just like we are every day. In this human flesh, it was just as hard for him as it is for us to say no to things. God humbled Himself by coming down to earth and literally lowering Himself to human status. It shows us that we are able to as well.
So where can we show ourselves as humble servants in our every day lives?
- Comforting someone
- Respecting others
- Not talking back to parents
- Do something nice (and don’t expect anything back)
- the list goes on!
The goal of our activity for the night was to help one another. We broke up into teams of two. One stood in front of a trash can with a board and another stood in front of them by a giant box of balled up paper. One person would throw the paper towards the trash can and the other would hit the paper with the board to try to guide it in.
We’ll definitely put this game on the list of “to do again.” The kids seemed to enjoy themselves!