Legos and the Gospel

My nine year old son owes me money.  $14.00 exactly.  His income sources of occasional birthday bucks and tooth money don’t allow for much cash flow.

But he had his heart set on a Lego set.  I added some “above and beyond” chores to his load and agreed to pay him an hourly rate for digging up dandelions, roots and all.  Still, he is $14.00 shy from the coveted building bricks.

However (true confessions!), in a moment of Amazon expediency, I had ordered the set and it came before he had earned enough to pay for it and it sat in that smiley-faced box and he just knew what was in that box!

The negotiations began.  “Could I just build it and not play with it?” he asked.  Hmmmmm.

Then, in one of those moments when a parent just wants to give good gifts to her children, I exclaimed, “What if I just forgive your debt?!  You can have it now—all the rights and privileges of ownership.  You can build it and play with it!”

I suppose you could argue that I’m not teaching my son about hard work and responsibility, but perhaps in a small way, I am teaching him about the gospel.

He chants the refrain in church, week after week—“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”  Ours is a debt we can never repay.  The sum is too great.  The debt must be forgiven.

And only One can both pay and forgive the debt—the God Man, slain for us. 

Can a child’s plaything teach us the gospel?  Oh yes!

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A happy wife, a mom on the learning curve, a daughter of the King . . .
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6 Responses to Legos and the Gospel

  1. StephenT says:

    If you like Ann Voskamp’s blog, here’s another blogger that I’ve found who eloquently traces the grace of God:

    http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/search?q=90+grace

    The link above zeros in on a June 4th post that I found particularly edifying.

  2. Frederic says:

    You capture the essence of Christ so beautifully in this illustration. He gives us more than we deserve – eternal life- and it is FREE! We can’t earn even a small portion of this gift. Yet His love is so great that Jesus paid it all.

  3. Love this one Julie. What a picture of the Gospel.

  4. Shiloh says:

    Love it Julie (catching up finally ). How that illustrates God’s grace well.

  5. Julie Ferris says:

    :0)What a great way to give an example of the Gospel in a very real way. He’s 9 already, really? Time goes so fast…way to take the opportunity to share the Gospel!

  6. Linda says:

    Love it! Keep Sowing Seeds for Him!

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