I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most of us probably think of calling in two ways.
First, we think of calling like we experience it here in this week’s Bible story. How God called people in the Bible, notably in the Old Testament. We think of God revealing Himself in various ways to the saints of old, ways He generally no longer interacts with people today.
Second, we think of how pastors or missionaries are called into ministry/missions. And again, unless you are a pastor or a missionary, you likely don’t relate to this sort of calling either.
If I am right, then most of us think of calling as something abstract—something that we can't relate to. In which case, we don’t know what calling truly means. Being called not only relates to us, but it is a beautiful, critical way God relates with us because If you are a believer, it is because God called you to Himself.
The same God who called Moses to Himself and then sent him out from Himself calls you and me the same way. He calls us into relationship and then He calls us to serve Him in various ways. Most of you reading this post are parents or grandparents—God called you to that! What do you do for a living? God called you to that too! Where do you live? Yup, that was God.
Do you see why this matters? Do you see the majesty of this calling? It gives EVERYTHING we do value and importance. This means nothing is pointless. It also means the difficulties we face have meaning. Moses’ task was not simple, and neither will ours be much of the time. But we persevere because it is what our good God has called us to do.
Our jam's for this morning!
Here is our Story Summary for today: CLICK HERE
And today's Bible story AND Questions for Kids can be found here!
Connection to the promise: God saved Moses’ life and called him to rescue God’s people from slavery. The calling of Moses points to a greater calling and rescue—the call of Jesus to come to earth to save God’s people. Jesus gave up His life to save us from slavery to sin.
If you have a bible at your house, open to Exodus 1-4 and have a parent read it out loud to you! If you don't have one, that's okay! CLICK HERE.
And now for out activities for today:
For this activity you will need tin foil or some other kind of recycled object to make a boat for one of your child's favorite toys (bonus points if it's a baby barbie or something you can make applicable to our lesson today!)
Fashion the tin foil into a boat and see if if the toy can float in the boat. (Remember it's okay to make a bad boat! You can help improve the boat design later- but have fun!)
Remind kids- In today's lesson God had a plan for Moses. This plan was fulfilled when Moses' mother placed him in a basket and set it along the banks of the Nile River. Moses floated and was found by Pharaoh's daughter.
The Egg Drop Activity:
Warning! This activity can get a little messy!
To show how we protect things wrap an egg in bubble wrap and drop it from a height- off the back deck, the top of the stairs, or from the top book shelf... you get the idea. See how high you can drop it without it cracking. Think of ways you can better protect it and try again.
Remind kids- God protected Moses while he was floating down the Nile River. There is nothing God can't do! God can do all things! He protected Moses as a baby, He protected Moses as he fled Egypt, and God agreed to be with Moses in Egypt saying "I will be with you" in Exodus 3:12.
Craft Activity (#craftivity) for today:
For this activity, you'll need something to color with and scissors.
Start by coloring the paper (but not the parts with the lines and tiny scissors pic-that'll be gone in a minute.
After everything is colored, cut off everything that has lines through it.
Then fold the sides inward to hide baby Moses. Color those parts you can see to look like grass.