Mark 8:8 “The people ate and were satisfied.”

As I mentioned last week, stewardship doesn’t start with giving, it starts with the heart. Being good stewards isn’t all about living simply and giving stuff away, it is about having a right relationship with God first! The memory verse from last week was, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” This verse talks about putting our hearts before God and trusting in Him to provide for our needs. But God’s love goes way beyond that.

God’s love is extravagant. That means it is crazy big! He has more love than any of us can know or understand, and he shares that with His people.

In the Bible, Mark tells a story about Jesus feeding over 4,000 people. All he had was seven loaves of bread and a few small fish! But Jesus worked a miracle and made that food multiply enough to feed thousands of people! (Read the whole story in Mark 8:1-10).

When Jesus fed the people, he didn’t just provide the bare minimum, he provided extravagantly! It says, “The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over” (Mark 8:8). Jesus created a feast, and then even made leftovers!

When we trust in Jesus first, and focus our lives around God, it means our hearts are in the right place. This is where stewardship begins.

Activity: Volunteer to help your dad or mom make dinner one night this week. As you prepare the meal, think about how God provided for the 4,000. While you eat dinner, talk to your parents, sisters and brothers about God’s love. What does it look like to have a relationship with God? Where does stewardship start? How can you be a good steward of your relationship with Jesus?

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