This Wednesday begins the Lent season. Lent is the forty days leading up to Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Whether your church acknowledges Lent or not, this is a good time to teach children about following Christ’s example and sacrificing in honor of He who sacrificed all for us.
Here’s some ways you can celebrate Lent:
Teach children about fasting.
Matthew 6:16-18 When you go without eating, do not look gloomy like those who only pretend to be holy. They make their faces very sad. They want to show people they are fasting. What I’m about to tell you is true. They have received their complete reward. But when you go without eating, put olive oil on your head. Wash your face. Then others will not know that you are fasting. Only your Father, who can’t be seen, will know it. He will reward you. Your Father sees what is done secretly.
Fasting is going without food. It isn’t a good idea for children to go without food for a long time, but the Bible mentions children fasting. We can teach children to fast in responsible ways. For instance, a child might want to give up chocolate or sweets, or go without one meal a week.
Teach children about giving up something.
Romans 12:1-2 Brothers and sisters, God has shown you his mercy. So I am asking you to offer up your bodies to him while you are still alive. Your bodies are a holy sacrifice that is pleasing to God. When you offer your bodies to God, you are worshiping him. Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect.
Christ gave up everything when He died on the cross for us. We can show how grateful we are by sacrificing something to Him like TV, video games, social media, or a toy. We don’t have to sacrifice, but we do it to show our love for Christ.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
During this time of sacrifice or fasting, we will want to spend more time with God. Teach children how to do that by giving them Scriptures to read and by encouraging them to pray every day.
WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)
1 Peter 2:21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Lent is a great time to teach children the motto “What Would Jesus Do” and what that means.
Here are some messages that help teach about Lent: