While I was doing some web reading the other day I came across this article on Desiring God by John Piper about How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God. I was intrigued by the title. It drew me in like any good title does. It will take less than 5 minutes to read and it is well worth it. We should be training our children to “do all to the Glory of God” right? We need to model this for them. “Well, how do you “eat and drink” to the glory of God? Say, orange juice for breakfast?”
Want to talk about How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God as a family and spend a week talking about what the Bible says your purpose is? Give the lessons on the Purpose page under the 7 Day Family Worship Lessons link a try: https://wearethebranchesfamilyworship.com/purpose/. We had such a good time doing them as a family and when I see Gracie not doing (whatever it is) to the Glory of God I remind her of 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” We have an entire week of activities and discussion and singing in her mind and in her heart that we can refer to. We were changed after the week as well. I love how the Holy Spirit works! Does Gracie have perfect behavior and do all to the glory of God now? Ha! Of course not, she is like all kids. Behavior change happens but it’s the heart change we are aiming for. God is the one who works in their hearts (I’ve tried to be the Holy Spirit to her and it has never worked out) and it’s so important that we plant His Word there and help them understand it, daily.
Here’s a little summary to give you an idea of what the lessons are like.
Day 1- Talk about what a purpose is. Play hot potato and talk about the purpose of the game. Introduce 1 Corinthians 10:31. Talk about what the Bible says your purpose is. Learn what the word glorify means. A little acting to display giving someone honor and praise (example of glorifying them). Close with learning how your actions can glorify God and even cause someone else to glorify God. Pray and sing.
Day 2- Review Bible verses. Review what your purpose is. Play hot potato again, once not glorifying God in how it is played, and once glorifying God . Discuss the difference. Discuss if you can glorify God cleaning your room, while eating, or when someone is mean to you. Introduce John 14:15 and the idea that loving God (and glorifying God) means keeping His commandments and we need to know them in order to do that. Pray and sing.
Day 3 – Review verses with some fill in the blanks. Briefly review new things learned from previous days. Have each person in the family draw four things they love on one sheet of paper. Use it to discuss how we can honor and praise and lift up things that we love. Discuss situations that can be turned from non-glorifying into glorifying God. Remind them that we all struggle with not glorifying God (sin) and remind them of the Holy Spirit’s help. Pray and sing.
Day 4 – (my favorite day) Review Scripture (cut out verses if you want and have your family put them in order). Discuss and review previous days. Talk about what is happening to us when we are not glorifying God. Draw or color a picture of a ship and talk about how a person without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder. Talk about what a rudder does and how God’s Word is what steers our rudder and gives our ship (us) direction. Talk about how we loose direction. Talk about what Jesus has done for us. Pray and sing.
Day 5 – Do hand motions while you review the Scripture if you want. Review previous days. Remind what a person without a purpose looks like (ship with no rudder). Discuss what a person WITH a purpose looks like. What do they do? Cut up 6 short phrases describing what a person with a purpose might do and put them in a hat or cup and have your family draw one. Discuss each one as they draw them. Pray and sing.
Day 6 – Review all Scripture learned. Do hand motions if you’ve learned them. Review and discuss previews days. Draw a timeline. Have your family illustrate things that might happen to them throughout their life (good and bad). Use the timeline to discuss how our circumstances are always changing but our purpose remains the same. Introduce 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and learn how we can rejoice in all circumstances knowing our purpose. Read about Paul to dig deeper. Pray and sing.
Day 7 – Review all Bible verses and all previous days. Talk about what Jesus’s purpose was and how He glorified God. Look at Scripture. Do some acting to display and discuss the things that Jesus did. Discuss Matthew 22, loving God and loving others. Emphasize Jesus’s life and death for our sins as the ultimate act of glorifying God and enabling us to glorify God as well. Close: “Let’s be imitators of Jesus. Let’s share in His purpose. When you believe in Jesus and that He died for your sins, you gain the glory of Christ, you gain the purpose you were created to have, and you bear witness to the truth about our loving God and He will be glorified. An amazing truth and purpose like that brings joy that will last forever! So, “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31″ Pray and sing!