Two Shirts – (Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs Track 3)

Two Shirts – (Track 3 from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs)

This post is the third in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.

Anyone who has two shirts
Should share with the one who has none,
Anyone who has food should do the same.

– Luke 3:11Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last,
And the servant of all.
–  Mark 9:35

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
Where moth and rust destroy,
Where thieves break in and steal
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be (also).
– Matthew 6:19-21

For this song, I would focus first on Mark 9:35, asking a series of questions.  What is going on there? Why would Jesus say this? They may blow your mind with what they say.  Or they may need to go to the bathroom.  Either thing is cool.  You could read Mark 9:33-34 and then the story of the disciples asking to be given special treatment in Mark 10:35-45.  Ask how they would feel if they were the other disciples. I’m sure I would have been ticked off.

Who else likes to be first?  I like to be first in line at Home Depot or the grocery store or at the DMV.  We are just like our kids in this way.  But Jesus is reminding us that is the old way of thinking.  Before we gave our lives to Jesus we had to look out for ourselves.  No one else was going to do it! But now, Jesus is looking out for us, caring for our every need.  So, we can let someone else go first to show them what Jesus love looks like and feels like. We don’t have to worry about going first anymore. Now we can love everyone else and even go LAST, and trust that God will take care of our needs.Give a few examples.  It’s nice to be the first to get dessert, or the first one in the car, or to go first in UNO, but it’s even nicer to love and be loved. Because we are thankful to Jesus for his ginormous gift of freedom from death, we can let others go ahead of us.

Since kids are so literal, this verse also provides a great opportunity to talk with them about moment-to-moment faith, and listening to the Holy Spirit. What would happen if you were at Disney World and you let everyone in line go in front of you all day? Is that what Jesus wants? No? Well that’s confusing.  What is the rule? How do you know when to go first and when to go last?

Of course, we know because we are listening. Checking in with God is just like checking in with your parents. Parents let kids know when to eat, when they can play outside, when to share, and when to forgive. God does the same thing with his kids.  And that’s us.

 Galations 5:1 – Freedom (Track #1 from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs)

Psalm 25 – To You O Lord (Track #2 from Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs)

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