Have you ever watched the show "Are you Smarter Than a 5th grader?" Our family likes to watch this show together and for those who have never seen it, let me tell you a little about it! Adult contestants appear on this show and have to answer a series of questions from a first grade level to fifth grade level and they can win money! At the end if they answer ALL the questions correctly there is a bonus question and they can win 1 million dollars! WOW! But you know what?! I have never seen anyone win the million.... some of the contestants are teachers, doctors, rocket scientists, valedictorians.... and I have never seen anyone make it all the way through! But the amazing thing about this show is the "class" of 5th graders! This class answers the same questions and at certain times are chosen to help the adults! Do you think a 5th grader would be smarter than an adult?! These are some SMART kids!
The adult contestants are given 3 what they call CHEATS! Do you know what they are?! (As the kids answer, you can hold up your signs one at a time) Peek..... the adult can PEEK on the students paper to see what their answer is and if they like it they can use it! The second cheat is a COPY.... you can automatically trust the students answer and COPY theirs as your own! Finally, you have a SAVE. If the adult answers the question wrong, but the student answers it correctly... then they have SAVED the adult and they can stay in the game! And let me tell you the students save the adults A LOT!
I thought about our Christian faith! We know it is not right to CHEAT so we won't call it that~ but I want to tell you that our amazing God gives us the same HELP! Let us look at these again... PEEK -- what does God give us to PEEK at when we need an answer and guidance?! HIS WORD.... right! Now, how does God give us a COPY?! He gave us His word to COPY what He has told us because He knows what is best for us and he gave us JESUS as an example to COPY in our lives each day... to love others and share God's love! Finally.. and the most amazing of all the SAVE! Jesus SAVED us once and for all when he died on the cross for our sins. We are going to mess up and make bad choices sometimes in our life and sin....everybody does! God is always going to love us and forgive us!
We all come out a winner when we use the HELP that God has given us! That is being SMART!
Let us pray: Thank you God for giving us the Bible to PEEK into and COPY in our lives everyday and thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to SAVE us by dying on the cross for our sin. Forgive us when we "get it wrong"! Amen