This month at Kid Krazy we are talking about God’s purpose for us to be “Fruitful”.
Week 1: The life of Joseph was pretty successful, He was fruitful in that he accomplished God’s will and glorified God through his service to both his family and all of Egypt. The road to success was admittedly difficult. That is the way it is for us as well. We illustrated this by seeing how important it is to learn and remain a learner…following instructions through to the end.
Week 2: The life of Job. Job was tested. Most people do not treasure tests. Without tests however we don’t go to the next level. Who wants to stay on level one? Nobody. Whether it is a swim test or a spelling test, it is great to pass! Job passed the tests given or we might say, allowed by God. Not only was he successful and God blessed him with tons of stock…not the Wall Street kind, but Job was able to pray for his friends and witness to others, including us God’s purpose for our lives is to trust in Him and bear much fruit.
Week 3: Prodigal Son story. Fruitfulness is affected by our choice of friends. Friends influence either greater fruitfulness or fruitlessness. The younger son seems like the friend you might like to have–he travels, is fun loving, and generous with his money. The older one seems like he is setting himself up for success–he is obedient and hard working. He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. (Proverbs 13:20) A fool is characterized by many things, but consider these three: they do not plan for the future, they do not consider consequences and they do not think–they just “do”. While the first son seems like a fun-loving popular fellow and the older one a sure and steady partner, both were foolish. The younger wasted resources and was self-absorbed. The older was a bitter rule keeper with an attitude. When I described to our kids, the dad…who was understanding, sacrificial, forgiving and looked to celebrate any wrong made right, they chose the Father to be the best choice for a friend. Wisdom is known by its children.