John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall perish but have eternal life.”
- Two sets of gifts per child
- A list of things to do for the kids
For this Family Devotionals, this will require a little more effort and money. We prepared beforehand two sets of gifts for each child. The gift should not be necessarily expensive but something that they would really want to have and they would do anything to have it. The trick here is to beautifully wrap it to make it even look more special.
My kids are really easy to please. No matter how small as long as it is a gift, they are the happiest. So I bought them two sets of slime per child. I individually wrapped the slime. To add a personal touch, I wrote their names on each box that belonged to them to add a personal touch to it.
Right before dinner, I displayed the first set of gifts near our television set and gave them clear instructions that those gifts will only be given if they finish all the things we will ask them to do. First was to finish everything on their plate. Second, they had to individually wash their plates. Third, they had to help clear out the table. Fourth, they had to change their school uniform to house clothes by themselves. Well, without repeating to them what they had to do, they did it (except for the little one. Ha!)
Transferred the gifts on the table as we were about to open in prayer for our Family Devotionals. Right after prayer, Vincent asked them to do one more thing before we give the gifts to them. This time we asked them to do something that they could never do. Vincent asked them to pay for their tuition fee in school! Really impossible! They complained and argued that it is impossible but believe me they tried. My son offered his 200 pesos of savings. My daughter offered her 100 pesos of savings. No matter how much they try, they couldn’t pay for it.
We still didn’t give them the gifts or else they wouldn’t be paying attention to us. My husband explained that no matter what we do, how much we work, we cannot earn the love of God. The love of God is a gift. It is free. The love of God is not something that we need work for so that He will love us. It is not like the so-called gifts we are giving them that they had to work for in order to get it.
Finally, we gave them their gifts.
We got the other set of gifts that we prepared for them. When they saw it, they were thinking of another set of chores to do first before get it. But these gifts are really gifts. It is free. We told them, these gifts are free. You don’t need to work for it. You don’t need to earn it. Double joy for them.
We asked them what they liked better? To work for something that they cannot earn or to be given something that they do not deserve? Of course, they chose the later.
We made them read two verses:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Romans 5:8 “God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
We emphasized that God loves everyone. He loves the world that He gave His One and Only Son. He loves everyone and wants to have a relationship with everyone. No matter what color of skin, where they live, how much or less money they have – God loves everyone the same. All we have to do is receive the gift of love that God gave through His Son.
My son then asked us what if we sin, does God love us just the same? God doesn’t love the sin, but He loves you (us) no matter what.
How wonderful is the love of God!
We ended by asking our children if they want to receive this gift of love that God has given through His Son Jesus Christ. Even my two year old said yes. I really don’t if they were sincere but I pray that the seed of the Gospel planted in their hearts will grow and bear fruit to a real relationship with Christ.
Don’t we all want that for our kids?