Who helps you and protects you? List all the people you can think of.
When God made Adam and Eve he put them into the beautiful Garden of Eden and he gave them a very important job to do. Have you ever been given a job to do? Like cleaning your room, or helping out in the yard? Listen to what Adam and Eve’s job was:
Genesis 2:15. The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Did you hear the words work, and keep?
That was Adam and Eve’s job – to work and keep the garden. The word “work” means to help, or take care of something. And the word “keep” means to protect or guard something. And this wasn’t just Adam and Eve’s job. It’s our job too. It’s your mom and dad’s job to take care of you and protect you. It’s your teacher’s job. And your pastor’s job. And the police officer’s job. In fact, it’s everyone’s job to take care of each other and protect each other. And as you grow up it becomes your job to help other people and to protect them too. Who can you help take care of today?
It is our job to help and protect each other, but if we’re honest we know that we are not very good at this are we? Sometimes we hurt others instead of help them. Sometimes we bully instead of protect.
Jesus came to earth to do what God asked Adam and Eve (and us) to do. He came to serve, and help, and protect us. Everywhere Jesus went he helped people. But most importantly, he came to help and protect us by taking away our sin. How? By dying on the cross for our sins and offering us forgiveness and eternal life with him forever.
Because of Jesus we have been helped and protected from sin.
With Jesus we can help and protect others.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Do you know someone who needs help? Make a plan to help or serve someone today.
Jesus, thank you for always helping and protecting me, especially by forgiving me of my sins. Help me to help and protect others today and every day. Amen.