Children's Challenge: Week 49
7–13 December 2015
Last time we looked at a letter Jude had written to Christians everywhere, and now we are going to look at the final book in the Bible, Revelation. This is a difficult book to fully understand and there have been lots of people over many years that have studied the content.
John, an apostle and servant of Jesus wrote this book after God had given him visions about some things that would take place in final days. I wonder if God has ever given you a picture or image or even a message in words about things that he wants you to think about or share with others. God communicates with us all in lots of different ways and he gave these visions to John and wanted him to share them with other believers. The exciting thing about this being the final book, even though it includes some interesting passages, is that in the end, Jesus wins! He conquers all the enemies and will be in charge forever and ever.
The book of Revelation begins with John sharing a message that has been outlined for seven churches. There is a message for each of these churches about a specific issue — a warning. We are going to have a look at some of the message to the church in Laodicea and see what it has to say.
This message to the church at Laodicea is pretty firm about being strong in faith. He wants us to be all for him: all our heart, all our mind, all our soul. Verses 15 and 16 remind us that God knows if we are all for him or if we are focused elsewhere, spending our time on things of this world. God doesn’t want us to be lukewarm.
Have you ever played the game where you search for something or someone and you are told if you are ‘hot’ or ‘cold’? You are only hot if you are in exactly the right spot to find what you are looking for. God wants us to be ‘hot’ when looking for him. We need to be in exactly the right spot – not a distance away where we are only warm or even cold.
- Play a game of ‘hot or cold’ with your family or friends.
- Use an item that will remind you that God wants us to be ‘hot’ or fully for him.