Sunday school lesson notes
1st and 2nd grades
“In this world you will have trouble.” Jesus said this to his disciples in John 16:33. Not everything we do is easy. In fact, some of the things that we have to do are really hard. Over the last few weeks, you’ve talked about some folks that hard really hard jobs. Does anyone remember who we’ve talked about? [Noah, Moses, Ruth] What would have happened if these people hadn’t completed the hard jobs that they had before them? At the very least, they wouldn’t have gotten to be a part of the amazing things that God was doing at the time.
Do you remember what determination is? It’s deciding that it’s worth it to finish what you started. Why is it important to be determined? Because God is determined. Jesus had all kinds of trouble when he was walking on the earth, and nothing that He did was easy. But He finished the job that He started – all the way to His death on the cross. How was He able to do that? Because God was with Him – the same God that is with you – and Jesus knew and believed it.
Our verse this week is another one written by Paul, who may have been the hardest working of Jesus’ followers. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Let’s pray that Jesus gives us the strength to always work hard in everything we do."