It’s “grow week” here at Frugal Fun for Boys! We are spending our spring break week learning about growing plants and growing into who God wants us to be.
Then, we went to the park to enjoy the beautiful spring weather! We saw trees with new leaves, beautiful red buds, and butterflies! We had fun walking along the creek and collecting sticks that look like guns and swords to add to the multitude of “gun” sticks that we already have at home.
Today, we studied John 15:1-5. In this passage, Jesus teaches His disciples that He is the vine, and they are the branches. We cannot bear fruit apart from Him. We discussed that we were not just branches floating around out there that decided to attach ourselves to the vine. Instead, He made us to be branches on His vine!
We compared this idea to Ephesians 2:1-5 which says that we were dead in our sins until God made us alive. He did this because of His grace on the basis of Christ’s perfect sacrifice.
I told them, “So before we knew God, we were dead. Not alive. Not able to respond to God. When we become Christians, God changes our hearts and makes us alive in Him!”
“That’s the thing,” responded Aidan. “I just don’t know if I’m really a Christian.”
So thankful for teachable moments.
After quickly praying for wisdom to respond, I told him, “There are some verses in 1 John that give some tests so that we can see if we are really Christians.”
“Okay, so can you read them to me? Because I want to know what they are.”
We read 1 John 1:6-10, 2:3-6, and 2:9-11. Basically, the tests are admitting sin, demonstrating a pattern of obedience, and demonstrating a true love for others. True Christians desire to walk in the same way that Jesus walked. I told Aidan that I did not want him to try to “add up” his obedience to see if it was enough, because that is not how salvation works. Salvation is a free gift. However, patterns of sin may be an indication of a heart that is not truly His. I mentioned a pattern of sin that he has been displaying lately, and he seemed to respond with genuine conviction.
Jordan and I do not know if he truly understands the gospel yet, but God knows, and we are praying that He will open Aidan’s eyes in His time. We are definitely encouraged by Aidan’s desire to seek the Lord and conviction of sin!
Another Book Recommendation
Today we read A Tree is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla. This is another great science book for kids ages 3-6! My boys were surprised that a tree has so much growth underground that we can’t see – the root system is bigger than they thought!
Tomorrow is our last day of spring break – sadness! Next week, we’ll be pulling out all our school books again!