Can you imagine what it would be like to be a superhero?
You could do things like soar from building to building on webs SHOT FROM YOUR WRIST like Spider-Man, fly through the air like Superman, hang with a team like the Justice League or even create super techno-gadgets like Batman.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to be part of those stories?!
And it’s not just the super powers! Superheroes stand up for what was right—even when the situation is dangerous or scary. Their conviction drives them to find the courage to stand up to evil, even when no one else seems to care or stands by petrified in fear.
No matter what, the superhero comes to the rescue.
Almost all kids want to be superheroes and dream of being cast in the pages of their own comic books. I wonder if that’s because most kids don’t know that they can already play a part in an amazing story. It doesn’t take some super power to stand up and start acting like a superhero.
That’s why we’re taking the months of June and July to discover what it means to Stand Up: Get in the Story as we learn more about conviction.
Conviction is standing for what’s right, even when others don’t.
Let’s take Jesus for example. Even for Jesus, the Son of God, it wasn’t always popular to do the right thing. Sometimes doing the right thing meant hanging out with tax collectors, blessing the little children or even forgiving someone who had done something wrong. No matter what it was that Jesus needed to do, He did it because it was the right thing to do.
But doing the right thing often made Jesus stand apart from some of the rich and powerful people of His time. They didn’t like what He was doing or saying, but Jesus never let those crowds persuade Him to go against what God, His Father, wanted Him to do. Even when it meant going to the cross to die, Jesus knew that it was the right thing, and He did it.
Jesus was able to live with conviction because He knew the will of His Father, and that gave Him strength and courage. In the same way, God has given us the ability to know what is right and the ability to do it. You see, when we are fueled by God’s character, we will stand up for the things that matter to God.
We start the month continuing Daniel’s story in Daniel 4. King Nebuchadnezzar has had yet another crazy dream and sends for Daniel to tell him what it means. Unfortunately, the news wasn’t good for Nebuchadnezzar. It would have been better for him to have listened to Daniel said in the first place.
Bottom Line: If you want to stand for what’s right, listen to someone who listens to God. We hope kids learn that they can save themselves from a lot of trouble if they listen to the wisdom other people have to offer.
We’ll look at Daniel 5. After several years have passed, there’s a new king in town: Belshazzar. He throws a huge party. Then, a hand appears and starts writing on the wall. Daniel comes and interprets the writing. Even though what he said would definitely put a damper on the festivities, he tells the king the truth.
Bottom Line: You can stand for what’s right, even when it’s not popular. God can help you stand for what’s right, even when what you need to say might not be the news people want to hear.
For week three, we finish up our journey through Daniel’s life with probably his most famous story. That’s right—the Lion’s Den. In Daniel 6, we discover that even in the face of death, Daniel’s habit of praying to God was unbreakable. God came to the rescue and Daniel was saved.
Bottom Line: Get in the habit of standing for what’s right. Kids will learn that the more they stand up for what’s right, the easier it gets. When you have a relationship with God, you realize that He will help you show conviction.
We’ll finish out the Stand Up series back in the New Testament with Peter and John in Acts 4. They get in trouble for sharing the message of Jesus. When they’re put on trial and told to stop talking about Jesus, they stand up for what’s right and tell everyone that they will keep telling others about Jesus no matter what will happen to them.
Bottom Line: We can stand for what’s right because Jesus is alive. We hope kids understand that Jesus’ death and resurrection was a game changer. Our life can have purpose because of what Jesus did. We can show conviction by trusting Him no matter what.
Because showing conviction and standing up for what’s right isn’t always easy, we thought it would be a great idea for the kids to memorize Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on His mighty power.” (NIrV) This is a great reminder for kids that they can trust God to help them stand up for what’s right.
We’re looking forward to finishing out a great summer helping kids discover that God created them in His image to join the story that He’s telling in the world. We hope they figure how they can Stand Up and have conviction.