How’s it going folks!
So I had this AWESOME video planned out for the first Adventures in Children’s Ministry blog of the year! And… then the audio came crashing to the ground…. Epic fail
So I’m doing a text version today haha
I’ve decided to cover a subject I’ve never actually covered before. Not because it’s something too taboo or crazy. More like cuz… well because I’ve only been at this for a short time period haha. I’ve decided that to start this year off in The Deep that we should cover …..
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS!!
::que dramatic music::
(don’t you wish I was able to do the video…mhmm I knew u did)
Now before I dove straight into the 10 commandments I decided to give the kids a lil back ground info. I started off by talking about some of the events that happened just before hand in Exodus 19. It is here that we see God using Moses (Moshe) as a go between guy between God and the people. In the midst of chapter 19 Moses went up and down the mountain SEVERAL times. I’m sure by the time God actually gave him the 10 commandments he was glad to have the extended break haha.
I then discussed with the kids how law and rules are not given out just for the fun of it. Most of the time when people give us rules it’s for our own well being. On top of that when parents give us rules it’s because they love us.
After giving the kids a quick review we dove into the first commandment…
2I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
As I studied and meditated on this verse something interesting began to rise in my spirit.
Why does He not want us to have any other gods before him? Put to the side the fact that He is the ONE true God and any other god is really demonic. What is it about not having any other god before him?
What happens when you have two people who become close and start to hang out a lot? They start to act similar, they start to look similar, they begin to see things the same, say things the same. That’s what happens when two people start to build a strong relationship in any form. (friendship, brotherhood, sisterhood, marriage)
Well what happens when we put other God’s before him? Or when we try to have two gods even? Well Jesus says in Matthew 6:24
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon”
Now while I understand that in context Christ is referring to wealth or money in this verse the principle still holds true. We can NOT serve two gods. We’ll start to lean more one way or another. To top it off apply what we know about what happens when you start to build a strong relationship with someone, we’ll either start to act like one or the other.
With all this information I began to think about our salvation. We don’t save ourselves. It’s not our attendance in church or the money we give that saves us. It’s the grace of God, it’s the fact that when we asked for forgiveness Christ placed HIS righteousness upon us. As we grow in him we begin to act, see, speak, think like him. We begin to full fill the verse
13Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,16since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
~1 Peter 1:13-16
We can walk away from our salvation. We can start the journey of a Christian and walk away from the saving grace through our actions. So for God to stand there and say have no other Gods before me, He’s not just saying to say it. This is one of His first steps to Salvation. He’s calling his people to put aside all distractions and be with him. If we start to put other god before him then we will start to act, think, speak, and see things like those other gods. And over time we won’t look like the Christ who saved us.
The first commandment in my eyes is truly a beautiful and awesome (in it’s truest form) command. In it the Lord of host, the God who created everything is literally crying out to His people saying “Do not get trapped, I care about you and long to be with you. But if you walk away, if you allow yourself to be swayed by the gods of this world you cannot and will not enter into Heaven with me. You cannot have the beautiful fellowship I long to have with you.
After this I challenged the kids to look at themselves and see if they have put something or someone before Him? Afterwards we prayed and thanked God for His grace and His love that he’s given us.