God is GOOD Challenge for Kids and Teens

The "God is GOOD" Challenge for Kids and TeensIt doesn’t really matter if you are reading this post the day it went on the website or days, months or even years later. The world is filled with evil and lots of people who are more than willing to act in incredibly evil ways. Sometimes, they conduct their evil under the pretense of it being what God wanted them to do.

Yet God is GOOD. The Bible tells us all good things come from God. It also tells us “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 ESV)

In the process of teaching our kids everything in the Bible about how they should behave, we sometimes forget to tell them their purpose as a Christian. We are to worship and obey God and serve Him by serving others and sharing our faith. Those last two things are what the scripture in Matthew is all about. Serving others allows us to point them to God and share His message with them.

Want your kids to make a positive difference in the world? Then accept our “God is GOOD” challenge. Every day find some way to serve  someone else and share your faith. It can be very small and simple or something major. If you serve a Christian, say something that will help strengthen their faith. If it is a non-Christian, share something about how God has helped you in life or invite them to church or tell them the story of Jesus.

Have your children help you at first, but then encourage them to branch out and do it on their own. Each evening let them share with you what they did to serve someone and share their faith. You will probably find they will quickly master the challenge and you will soon be asking them for ideas and advice.

By accepting the “God is GOOD” Challenge, not only will your family be demonstrating to a fallen world that God is GOOD, but also how essential it is to follow God for a truly “good life”. Now, I am sure most of you already do acts of service in private. The verse above also says there are times when we need to let the world see what we are doing in order to point them towards God. Help your kids understand the difference. If your service becomes more about your family getting attention and less about pointing people to God, then it may be time to take those acts of service into private for a time. In the meantime, share the challenge on social media and what your family is doing to meet that challenge. Spreading the message that God is “GOOD” may just get people to read the Bible and find out God is not only “GOOD”, but worth following, serving and obeying.

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Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)