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Steel City Devotions: Help your Kids Build a Faith as Strong as Iron

Posted by Tom Rojahn on

I have a trivia question for you. All set?

Which company originally branded the slogan, “Let’s Build Something Together?”

Got your final answer?

If you guessed Home Depot, then you would be wrong.

But if you guessed Lowe’s, then go ahead and give yourself a little reward. “Let’s Build Something Together,” was the slogan for Lowe’s up until 2011. 

“Let’s Build Something Together.”

It’s catchy. It’s simple. And, it’s biblical.

In Ephesians 4:11-16, along with many other observations, we see the importance of the church body building up the church body.  In other words, the church is not a DIY (do it yourself) project. We’ve been commissioned to build something together, but not just anything, the most important thing we could ever build—the building up of the body of Christ.

So I’d like to invite you to join us by building something that in turn could build up the families of our church.

All set?

What activities—located around our city—have you done or would recommend doing to teach a child/grandchild/niece/nephew about Jesus? 

Here’s one activity that my wife and I enjoy doing with our three boys—

Activity:

The Duquesne Incline 

Location:
1197 West Carson Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219

Cost:
Adults (Ages 12-64) $2.50 each way or $5.00 round trip; Children (Ages 6-11) $1.25 each way or $2.50 round trip; Children five and under and PA seniors 65 and older with Medicare card or Port Authority Senior Citizen ID ride for free.

Scripture:

Matthew 4:1-10 and Matthew 28:16-20

Set-up

Peering out over the city of Pittsburgh from the Duquesne overlook, we ask our boys to tell us what they see? The typical response is skyscrapers, construction trucks, cranes, trains, boats, and cars.

We encourage them to keep going…

People, stadiums – “What stadiums?” we ask – Steelers and Pirates. We see an ambulance, we see restaurants, we see businesses, we see a park and a fountain. 

Once they’ve run out of options and begin recycling some answers, we move on to the next question.

“What if I told you that you could be in charge of it all—the buildings, the trucks, the Steelers, the Pirates —everything you just named. That would be a lot to think over, wouldn’t it?” 

Devotion 

Well, the Bible tells us a story where God’s enemy, the devil, took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world. And God’s enemy said to Jesus, “All these I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.”

What do you think Jesus did? Do you think he worshipped God’s enemy?

Wait for an answer. Once you receive an answer, ask what factors went into giving that answer. These responses will provide a window into the child’s heart and allow you to proceed thoughtfully.

Continue: Well, Jesus did answer God’s enemy. He told him to get lost, and then he told God’s enemy that the Bible says, “you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.”

Jesus responded that way because of His love for you. He knew that there was only one way for us to have a relationship with Him, and that way would be hard, but it would be worth it.

Ask: What do you think Jesus would have to do that would be hard? Why do you think that Jesus would have to do that?

Again, these responses will give you direction in how you should proceed—pointing the child to the love Jesus showed on the cross.

Continue: The story doesn’t end there. After Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave, His disciples came to a mountain to worship Jesus. There on that mountain, Jesus told His disciples that, “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Ask: What do you think that means?

I like to repeat the earlier answers that were given—buildings, cars, etc.—because Jesus resisted God’s enemy, and did what was hard, He is the authority over all things on earth and in heaven.  

Continue: And Jesus, who is greatest of all, went on to tell His disciples that He will be with them always. And when we believe in Jesus, He’s with us when we’re at the Pirates game, going to work in one of those buildings, walking on the road, and standing right here.

Pray: Before you move on to the next adventure, take a moment to pray for your children, our city, the people, the churches, and whatever else God may lay on your heart. And, invite your children to pray too!

That’s one of our summer activities that we like to use to share the Bible with our children. Now, I would love to learn about some of yours.

Together, we could build a Steel City Devotional Guide for families to teach children about Jesus, while going on adventures in our backyard. Let’s Build Something Together!

Share your ideas below or send me an email at with your idea.

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