It used to be a problem for me to ask my kids to open their Bibles when I teach, or to remind my adult leaders to have their kids open their Bibles. It became such a problem that a kid confronted me after I confronted her about not bringing her Bible to church.
She asked, “Why should I bring my Bible when you never have us open it?”
That hit me between the eyes. I apologized to her and cried in the corner for about a week. After I came out of the corner and rubbed my eyes dry I thought about how I could change this. “Steak, I like steak and most kids do too.”
That is where my new challenge to kids came from. When I’m about to teach a new series, I challenge the kids to remember to bring their Bibles because they will open them. If I forget to have them open them, then I owe the first kid who catches my error a steak dinner for their family. That has helped me and my kids out so much. They now bring their Bibles, and they listen very carefully to what I’m saying to see if I forget to remind them to open their Bibles. So far I’ve only forgotten twice (at $150 a meal that is still a $300 lesson – ouch!).
Why do I say this to you? Because the Bible is an important part of your ministry to kids. But if you’re not having them look in it during the time you have them I would say something is out of sync. Find some way to challenge yourself and the kids to get those Bibles open. It will pay off.