TLIC Family. Day 3. January 3: Have Dominion.

THINK TOGETHER

Do you have any plants or pets in your house? What are some of the things that have to be done to take care of them?

READ TOGETHER

The Bible tells us that God made everything on Earth. Did God make the trees? Yes. Did God make the monkeys in the trees? Yes. God made all the plants, and all the animals, and all the minerals on our planet. And then something amazing happened. God made Adam and Eve and told them to be in charge of everything.

Genesis 1:28. And God blessed Adam and Eve. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

God gave Adam and Eve (and all humans) dominion over the whole earth. Do you know what “dominion” means? It means to have power and authority over something. Adam and Eve were told to reign over the earth like a king and a queen. And so are we!

But the question is what kind of kings and queens will we be?

Yesterday we learned that we are made in God’s image, which means we are like him. We are his sons and daughters who are supposed to rule like him. And what is God like? He is a trinity, which means he is love. The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit all love each other. Everything they do is done to make the world a better place that points to the goodness of God.

And that is exactly the kind of king or queen you are supposed to be. A kind king. A caring queen. A prince or princess who represents a loving God on his throne in heaven. God wants us to help him make the world around us better. More kind. More caring. More loving. God wants us to use what he has made to help take care of everyone and everything. This is why going to school is so important, so that we can learn about everything God made and then use it to help others.

But sadly, we are often selfish and don’t want to help others. We only want to help ourselves and get our own way. This is called sin. Do you ever sin? Do you ever use what God made to get your own way? We all do.

But Jesus came to show us how to have dominion the right way. Without selfishness. He showed us how to use everything God made to help others. But more importantly he died on the cross to take the punishment for our sinful selfishness. Now we too can be like him and take care of other people and all of God’s creation.

Because of Jesus and his kindness, we don’t have to be selfish anymore.

With Jesus we can help take care of the earth and the people on the earth.

DO SOMETHING TOGETHER

Give your children something to take care of like a plant, or give them a responsibility for helping to care of the family pet. Talk to them about how God wants us to take care of his creation from love, not just from selfish power.

And/Or

Take some time to watch The Lion King. Talk about the difference between Mufasa’s kingdom and Scar’s kingdom. How did Scar’s selfishness hurt everything in the kingdom?

PRAY TOGETHER

Jesus,

You are the king of all the earth and you are my king. Thank you for forgiving me of my selfishness and for giving me the love I need to be a good and kind king or queen.

Amen.

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