Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16
- Students will learn God wants us to come “work for Him” as soon as He asks us to do so.
- Students will learn we need to do what God asks us to do and be grateful for any blessings or rewards He gives us (especially Salvation.)
- Students will learn God does not want us to be jealous of people who become Christians late in life and still get to go to Heaven. He also does not want us to pretend we were not asked to “work for Him” in hopes of only obeying and worshipping Him for the shortest possible time and still being able to go to Heaven.
- Students will learn how to create help wanted ads.
Guiding Question: How can we serve God in our career?
Materials: Paper, pencil, sample help wanted ads
Procedure: Review the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Explain that once again, this story has another meaning beyond the one that is obvious. Have older students share what they think it is. Explain that God never promised us life would be fair. Explain that people work all kinds of different jobs around the world. Different jobs pay different amounts of money. Even though it may not seem fair at times if others get paid more than us, we have to remember that God has placed us in the job and career that is best for us at that time and best for furthering His Kingdom. There may be times when we do not have a job and need to trust in God to provide a job that will support us. It is important to turn to God for guidance when looking for a job and making big decisions.
Introduce the activity. Pass out and show the students examples of help wanted ads. Ask the students if they know what they are used for. Go over key words in help wanted ads that are job specific. Once students have had time to go over the ads, have the students create their own help wanted ads using keywords found in the sample help wanted ads.
Additional Questions: How can resumes provide students with an understanding of job related vocabulary?
Supplemental Activity: Show students sample resumes and explain how they are used and the different sections. Have the students think about a job they want to have and what would make them good at the job. Have the students put together a kid friendly resume geared toward the job they want to have.