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The Explanation: Our work for the Lord is very much like this game. Just when we are about to seek our goal, whatever it is, we are frustrated. If we quit, we will never arrive, even though we were inches away. If we continue, the devil will continue to try to frustrate us. The Key is to never give, knowing that all things work together for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.
Read them Matthew 28:16-20
1) Ask them what they think each line means, as you read it.
2) Ask them to remember the Game and to think of themselves "going" to make disciples of all the nations. Tell them that as they go, it might not work out as they planned.
a) Who would be in the way making it hard. (This might be where you have to tell them or remind them what El Diablo means.)
b) Ask them how far they have to go to spread the word? (their family, next door, church, school)
c) Ask them if they have to teach the Gospel by reading the word? (NO. Living the word is the best way to show the Gospel. Loving their neighbors as themselves will cause people to ask questions. A time will arise when someone who has received their undeserved love will ask them why they are so nice, so able to love them, and now they get to teach the Gospel. - This is one of the meanings of "do all that I have commanded you.)
3) Ask them who is their protection when they are "going." (They are all going to say God and Jesus. They are all programmed to say that. Instead of accepting that answer, ask them how they know. - They last line of the text tells them the answer. It is here where we get to teach them critical reading.)
4) You now have the added ability to teach them both sides of Goal Setting. Tell them of a time in your life or the life of someone you know or have read about, who set a goal and pursued it with all of the mind, body, spirit and strength, as if they were doing it for Jesus. Yet, they failed, because they eventually arrived at a different better destination or result.
Tell them that they arrived because the never gave up, even though they arrived at a different goal or destination than they expected. Make sure they understand that they failed in their original goal.
Then ask them if Goal setting works. If they say yes, ask them why you or the character in your story failed? If they say no, then ask them whose effort got them to the destination?
Then explain to them that setting goals, and following them, if they feel called, is good. Never giving up, until you arrive is good too, as long as you know that God's plans are better than yours, and you might well arrive at a different place.