This post is the seventh in a series. All the lyrics to Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk with their kids about each passage on the CD.
Be dressed, ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for the master to return from the wedding banquet. So that when he comes and knocks they will immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.
A year ago I wrote a post about this song, because Luke 12:35-37 has been my favorite bible verse for years. Thinking through this verse with kids, I find it helpful to focus on the element of surprise in the story. Kids know that a good surprise is really fun. And this story is a great example. Consider this to help them grasp the scene…
There are two servants waiting at the door when the master arrives home from some fancy event. Just as they were trained, they greet him with courtesy, take his coat and hat, and then his gloves. The younger servant stows them all away while the older follows the master toward his quarters, except he doesn’t take the stairs. He passes the stairs and heads for the kitchen.
This servant is a pro, so he tries to anticipate his master’s desires. He offers to call the chef, or bring the master’s favorite midnight snack, when the master turns to the servant and the younger one that has now caught up to them.
“Listen, guys. I was just thinking; I know you’ve been standing over there since I left. And I didn’t plan on returning this late. You must be starved by now.”
They are confused. Of course they are hungry, but they’ll eat soon enough when the master retires for the evening. One of the servants – the older one, begins, “Please, sir…” but he is cut off by the master.
“I know where the cook keeps his apron,” says the master. “He served the most succulent roast duck last night, and I’ve decided to take the leftovers and make each of you my favorite sandwich. There are at least two birds still untouched in the Sub-Zero, along with lettuce and pickles, fresh tomatoes from the garden and some of that amazing horseradish mustard he makes – I could cry it’s so good. And he always has a few boiled eggs around in case I need a quick breakfast.”
The servants resist at first, but the force of the master’s will, even in gentleness, quickly prevails.
“You two have been on your feet all night waiting on me, let me wait on you for a few minutes. I’ll take your jacket so you can recline. No? But please! Or at least kick your shoes off and take my seat here in the dining room. My house is your house after all. And you’re not going to believe this sandwich.”
The master is not drunk, and he is not crazy. In fact, he is the most sane person alive. He returns a moment later with two goblets and a bottle of a burly red that will perfectly complement the duck sandwich. After pouring the wine he disappears again for a few minutes and reappears with two plates. The sandwiches are gorgeous, and he’s garnished the plate with chips and some of the mango chutney that was served the night before, knowing it’s really at its best after settling for a day. He sets the plates, ignores their bewildered gestures, clasps the younger servant on the shoulders, eyes the elder and says, “Enjoy.” And walking away he adds, “Don’t clean up.”
Change the wine to root beer if you need to, and the chutney to doritos, either way here’s some questions to get started…
Does it sound like the master is having fun? Why would this – making dinner for someone else – be fun for the master?
They’ll probably get it, but you can also lead them to the element of surprise. This is a really easy concept to understand and a simple concept to encourage. Challenge them to find ways to surprise people that love them and serve them (mom, dad, teacher, coach). It is so fun – and you get to be like Jesus.
As a last thought, you might ask them if this verse reminds them of any other verses in the Bible. The “Two Shirts” song, and the “For Us” song from 1 John 3:16 come to mind. It could be worthwhile to make the connection and notice the theme of making less of yourself and more of others.
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