Today’s Bible Story: Ants Marching (Ant and Sluggard) • Proverbs 6:6-8
Monthly Memory Verse: Suppose you can be trusted with something very little. Then you can also be trusted with something very large. Luke 16:10a (NIrV)
Life Application: Responsibility—Showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you
Suggested Songs: Our God, Reckless Love, Peace Like a River
Praise & Pray: Sing along with the provided worship videos and Pray. Access Songs Here.
What You Might Pray: “Dear God, your word, the Bible tells us to work hard. Sometimes we don’t want to work hard, but working hard honors you. Please help us to understand why we should work hard at all we do. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
Read God’s Word Together: Proverbs 6:6-8 (Need a kid friendly Bible? Check out our suggestions here.)
Family Devotional and Discussion
What You Do: Watch the complementary video together as a family and discuss today’s question.
What You Discuss: “God wants us to work hard at whatever you do. It is better to work hard like the ant, but let’s be honest, we all want to lay around being like a slug. Work is hard, but there are so many benefits to working hard and trying your best. Work is something that God created us to do. Working hard is a great way to honor God. When have you had to work hard?”
Bible Story Review: Open the Bible and read together as a family Proverbs 6:6-8.
- What is the book of the Bible that holds many of Solomon’s wise sayings? (Proverbs)
- What insect did we talk about today? (ant)
- What did we learn today that makes the ant stand out? (They are hard-working)
- Does working hard showing responsibility? (Yes)
- What’s one benefit of being responsible? (It shows people that I can be trusted; Being responsible honors God; etc.)
- What’s one consequence of not doing what is expected of you? (People lose trust in me, etc.)
- Why should a Jesus follower be known as a person who is responsible? (Because being responsible honors God and we should honor God in all that we do and say; etc.)
- Would you say that loving God and loving others is a responsibility God expects of those who say they follow Jesus? Why or why not? (Yes, The Bible says in Matthew 22:37-38 that the two greatest commandments are to love the Lord your God and to love others)
- What’s one way you could show more love for God this next week? How could you show more love for others?
Pray and Bless Your Family
What You Need: No supplies needed
What You Do: Ask for prayer requests.
- Use the conversation below as a guide to lead kids into prayer.
What You Say: “Do ants [Bottom Line] work hard? Yes! Does God want YOU to [Bottom Line] work hard? Yes, He does! And you know what? You can [Bottom Line] work hard at whatever you do to show love to God and the people He made. Let’s pray and ask God to help us [Bottom Line] work hard this week.
“Dear God, thank You so much that You made us to do good things. Thank You that one of the good things we can do is [Bottom Line] work hard. Help us [Bottom Line] work hard in everything we do at home, at school, or wherever we go. Thank You that when we [Bottom Line] work hard, we can show love to others and You. Pray for prayer requests. We love You so much, Lord. Amen.”
What You Need: “Ant Maze” Activity Page (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE HERE), Bible marked at Luke 16:10, paper plates, scotch tape or glue, scissors, Wikki Stix® / pipe cleaners / or yarn, marbles / small ball
What You Do: Open the Bible to Luke 16:10.
- Read the verse aloud then use the conversation below as a guide to unpack what it means.
- Give each kid a paper plate and an “Ant Maze” Activity Page. Guide kids cut and glue the mazes to their plates.
- Next, give each kid six Wikki Stix, yarn, or pipe cleaners. (Wikki Stix or pipe cleaners would work best but yarn might also work if you have a small enough ball). Show kids how they can “trace” the edges of the path with the sticks / pipe cleaner / yarn and press them in place. Kids will need to tape the pipe cleaners / yarn onto the maze. If you use glue, allow the glue to dry.
- When they’re done outlining their mazes, give each kid an “ant” (marble or small ball).
- Lead them to set their ant at the top of the ant hill, pick up the plate, and carefully tilt the plate back and forth to guide their ant through the maze.
- Encourage the kids as they [Bottom Line] work hard to get their ants through the maze.
NOTE: If kids quickly master the maze, add a STEM component by asking them what they could do to make the maze more challenging. Encourage them to experiment.
What You Say: “God made us to do good things. One of those good things is working hard! When we make the wise choice to [Bottom Line] work hard, we show God and others that we can be trusted to do what’s expected of us—and that’s a great thing! So, remember to [Bottom Line] work hard!”
What You Need: “Work Hard” Activity Page (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE HERE)
What You Do: Call on a child or family member (or ask for a volunteer) to go first.
- Instruct the rest of the group to turn around while you show the first child / family member a “Work” card.
- Ask everyone to turn back around while the first kid silently acts out the “work” from the card you showed.
- When the group guesses the work on the card, show the group a “Reward” card.
- Have the child / family member give a thumbs up or down, depending on whether they would do that work for that reward.
- Give the other kids / family members a chance to vote whether or not they’d do the work for that reward as well.
- Let the first correct guesser be the next one to act out a work and reward.
- Play until everyone who wants to has had a turn to act out for the group.
What You Say: “Sometimes, an awesome reward is worth a ton of hard work! Has that ever happened to you? (Allow kids to share about the best rewards they ever got for working hard.) But there are plenty of times when you have to [Bottom Line] work hard just because it’s the right thing to do.
“In our Bible story, we heard that people were made by God to work! We were created to do good, fulfilling things with our bodies and our minds. What is some good, hard work you get to do? (Invite responses. If kids are struggling to answer, prompt them—learn new things, play with siblings, garden, problem solve, ride bikes, carry groceries or laundry, etc.) When you get tired and don’t want to [Bottom Line] work hard, remember that work is not a punishment, it’s what we were made for. So, find a job to do and get to it!”