Focus on the Family

Teaching Service

Practical ways kids can serve in your family, your community and the world

by Dan Kassis

Jesus set the standard of selflessness for His disciples when He told them to be His "witnesses, in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Such a command implies a life lived for others.

While it may be too early to burden young children with such a weighty imperative, parents can teach them the beauty of Jesus' model.

Jerusalem — Serving right where you are

God's Son challenged His followers to go back to the city of His crucifixion and be witnesses to His good news.

Judea and Samaria — Serving right where you don't want to

The Ends of the Earth — Serving right to the edge of the world

Children have difficulty comprehending the vastness of the world, so bring a little bit of the world home to them.

All it takes is one act of selflessness to open children's eyes to the joy of service. God can use the seeds you plant in their hearts to feed the souls of others — even to the ends of the earth.