Unfortunately we live in a world where even young kids are jaded. At first they might be taken in by glitzy ads with their big promises, but they soon learn that so much of what companies say about their products is hype. The magical toy they see roaring along a track in a TV commercial actually just sits there without being pushed. The big box of cookies that looks so scrumptious is, in reality, half full with a plastic bag pumped up with air. And the eye-makeup that promises the teen will be the center of attention at prom, is simply eye makeup that no one notices.
And a promise of something free? Well, most of the time, it’s not REALLY free …
Yet sometimes …
Saturday I headed over to a nearby town that was having a special event. My goal was to quickly park, take a few pics of the central attraction and get out of there … fast. THAT didn’t happen. I was one of hundreds that decided to stop by and every parking place within a two-mile radius was taken. I rode around the two-mile loop a few times and then decided to head home, but at the last minute saw a parking space in a small lot of an ice cream shop.
The weather was hot and I was at least a mile away from where I wanted to be, but I had gotten this far, so I started walking. Dodging strollers, groups of laughing teens, and couples attempting to stay together, I finally reached my destination. I got my pictures and started back to my car when someone handed me a coupon for a free ice cream cone. Normally I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to get it, (because I know about those free offers), but I quickly realized this was the shop where my car was parked, so decided to go for it. The temp was getting warmer and by the time I got back, I was more-than-ready for some ice cream. I figured the cone would be minuscule, but surprisingly it wasn’t! I indeed got a free cone – large enough to be considered medium in most ice cream places.
The cone lived up to the shop’s promises.
When we’re pleasantly surprised at a “free” outcome, we have an excellent opportunity to talk with our kids about the freedom we have in Christ. He gives us eternal life as a gift (Romans 6:23). We need to accept that gift and the freedom that comes along with it and live as people who honor Him in return.
Here are some freedom verses you can use with kids.
*And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)
*(From the same passage) – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)
*But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. (Romans 6:22)
* For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.(Romans 6:23)
*For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)
The cone was a welcome gift after walking for a couple hours in the hot sun, but cannot compare to the free gift that God gives us as we walk along life’s journey. The results of God’s promises are always better than imagined.