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The Real Reason (Monday)
Read: Psalm 19:12-14; 139:23-24
"Hi, Rylee," Zari said into the phone. "I was wondering if you'd like to come to my birthday party on Saturday. It's at one o'clock." She paused, then said,"Okay, see you there!"
Mom smiled as Zari handed her the phone and headed out to play with her friend Lillian. But Mom's smile faded when she overheard the girls talking on the porch. "Is she coming?" Lillian asked. Zari grinned and nodded. "Good," said Lillian. "When she gives you something as nice as the bracelet she gave me, you'll be glad you invited her even though she's weird."
That evening, Mom sat on the edge of Zari's bed. "Zari, I couldn't help but overhear you and Lillian talking this afternoon. I was sorry to learn you had an ulterior motive when you invited Rylee to your birthday party."
"Ulterior motive?" Zari asked. "I don't even know what that is."
"It means you have a reason other than the obvious one for doing something," Mom explained. "I thought you invited Rylee to your party because you wanted her to be your friend, but your real reason was to get a nice gift from her."
"Oh, Mom,"said Zari. "She won't even think of that."
"People may not see the real reason for things you do or say, but God does," said Mom. "The Bible says God knows all our motives for doing what we do. It also tells us His motive for all He does for us is love, not selfishness."
Zari hadn't thought of what God would know or think. "I...I didn't mean any harm," she said. "Should I tell her not to come?"
"How do you think that would make her feel?" Mom asked. "I think you can find a better solution."
"Um...maybe I could tell her not to bring a present?" suggested Zari.
Mom shook her head, and Zari thought about it some more. "I should be a friend to her all the time, shouldn't I?" she said at last. "I never really tried to be her friend, but I will."
"There you go," said Mom with a smile. "The reason Jesus invites us to be friends with Him is because He loves us, and that should be our motive too." Phyllis M. Robinson
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you ever have an ulterior motive for doing something? Do you have reasons for being nice to someone other than wanting to be their friend? God knows why you do the things you do. Trust Him to show you when your motives are wrong and to help you correct them. His motive for all He does for you is love, and that should be the reason you show kindness to others.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Chronicles 28:9 (KJV)
The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. (NIV)
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The True King (Tuesday)
Read: Revelation 19:11-16
Micah let out a sigh of relief as he set the last box on the floor and sat down. "I sure am glad the garage is finished. This fall cleaning is hard work!"
"Don't get too comfortable," said Grandpa. "We still have to clean out the spare room." He smiled as Micah pretended to faint.
After lunch, the two of them started cleaning out the spare room. "Where do you want this box?" Micah asked. "It says Old records.' Records of what?"
Grandpa came over to look. "Not records as in documents--records as in music. I can't believe I still have these," he said as he opened the box. "Look at this! My old Elvis records," Grandpa exclaimed as he pulled a dusty record out of the box.
"Who's Elvis?" Micah asked, confused.
Grandpa was shocked. "Who's Elvis? I can't believe you've never heard of Elvis Presley! He was a famous singer back in my day. In fact, everyone used to call him The King,'" Grandpa explained as he dusted off the old record and placed it gently back in the box.
"Wow, that's pretty cool," Micah said as he looked through the rest of the records.
"But you know, Micah, there's only one true King," Grandpa said thoughtfully.
Micah looked up. "You mean like in England?" he asked.
Grandpa chuckled. "Actually, England has a queen, not a king. But I was referring to Jesus. The Bible says He is the King of Kings. People used to call Elvis Presley the king of rock and roll, but God's Son is King over the whole earth. One day He'll return and establish a kingdom that will last forever. I'd say He's a King worth serving, wouldn't you?"
"I sure would!" Micah replied. "Hey, Grandpa, do you think I could keep one of these Elvis records in my room to remind me I serve the true King?"
"Sure you can," Grandpa answered. He looked around the room. "We've still got a lot of work to do. We'd better get back at it."
"Let's take a coffee break first," Micah suggested.
"You don't even drink coffee," Grandpa pointed out.
"I'll fake it," Micah answered with a smile.
Grandpa ruffled Micah's hair. "I guess there's only one true coffee drinker in this house--me!" Elena Ketner
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you follow the true King? Some people may be called a king or queen because they rule a country or because they’re rich or famous, but there is only one true King who rules over all the earth—Jesus! He has power over the whole universe, and one day He’ll replace this sinful world with His eternal kingdom. Do you have a relationship with Jesus? If so, you serve the King of Kings.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Revelation 19:16 (KJV)
He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.(NKJV)
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Good Fruit (Wednesday)
Read: Galatians 5:22-26
I'm hungry for a plum," declared Jenna as she and her sister, Haley, helped their father pick peaches in the family's orchard. "We've got lots of peaches. Wouldn't it be nice to have some plums too?"
"Oh, just pretend they're plums," said Haley. "Close your eyes and think plum while you eat one. You'll find they're delicious." She grinned mischievously at her sister. "Maybe you can find some peachy plums on this tree, Jenna."
"Don't be silly," said Jenna. "This tree is plum full of peaches!" The girls giggled at their play on words.
"No plums from this tree?" asked Dad. "How about some bananas, then?"
"Dad!" exclaimed Jenna, rolling her eyes. "Bananas on a peach tree sounds even more ridiculous than plums on a peach tree."
"It really isn't though," Dad said thoughtfully. "Both are equally ridiculous, because God has designed all trees and plants to produce their own kind of fruit. A peach tree will produce peaches, not bananas or plums. A plum tree will produce plums, and a banana tree will produce bananas."
"Right, Dad. That's pretty obvious," remarked Haley dryly.
"Yes, it is," Dad said. "We don't seem to ever forget that, but what we do often forget is that Christians are like fruit trees for God. He designed us to produce..."
"Christians!" exclaimed Haley.
"We can't do that," objected Jenna. "We can't produce Christians. Only Jesus can save a person and make them a Christian."
Dad nodded. "That's true, Jenna, but one meaning for the word Christian is like Christ,' or Christ-like.' If the things we do and the words we say are like things Jesus Christ would do and say, others can see what He's like through us."
"And we'll be showing the fruit of the Spirit, like we read in our devotion time this morning, won't we?" asked Jenna.
"That's right," said Dad. "The fruit the Holy Spirit gives us, like kindness, patience, and self-control, shows others what Jesus is like. When we follow the Spirit's leading and display His fruit in our lives, we point people to Jesus." Holly F. Cepeda
HOW ABOUT YOU?
What kind of fruit do people see in your life? Do they see love? Joy? Peace? All the other things listed as fruit of the Spirit? If you’re a Christian, the Holy Spirit produces that fruit in your life, and when you follow His leading, your words and actions point to Jesus. Let God’s good fruit show in your life so others can see who He is.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Ephesians 5:9 (KJV)
The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. (NKJV)
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Breakfast Time (Thursday)
Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17
I wish we didn't have family devotions right after breakfast every day, thought Jordyn. She especially wished she could skip them on days when she was late getting downstairs and had to wait till after devotions to eat breakfast--and that happened quite often. One day when she was late, she decided to ask about it.
"How come we have to do this every single day--even when I'm really busy?" she asked when Dad ended his prayer.
Instead of answering her question right away, Dad picked up the cereal box and held it out toward her. Before she could take it, he pulled it back. "Oh...maybe you don't want breakfast today," he said.
"Of course I do!" Jordyn exclaimed. "I'm starving!"
"I see." Dad handed her the cereal. "Well, I don't suppose you'll be eating lunch today, will you?"
Jordyn looked at him in surprise. "Why wouldn't I? You know I always take a lunch to school or eat in the cafeteria."
"Oh, that's right. Well, what about dinner?" Dad asked. "Do you plan to eat dinner today too?"
"Dad!" Jordyn was beginning to get irritated. "Why are you asking all these questions? You know I always eat all my meals, including dinner."
"Yes, I know you always have in the past," Dad said, "but don't you think it might be a good idea to give up eating on busy days?"
"Give up eating?" Jordyn repeated, pouring milk onto her cereal. "When I'm busy, I need food even more than when I don't have much to do. We talked about that in health class. So why are you..." Suddenly she stopped. "Oh," she said slowly, "you're trying to tell me I need a time of devotions on busy days too, aren't you?"
"Yes," Dad said with a smile. "Perhaps it's even more important on busy days. Spending time with Jesus and reading His Word is like getting spiritual food. We need Him to nourish us with His love and grace each day. Don't you agree?"
Buttering a piece of toast, Jordyn nodded. "I'll be on time for devotions tomorrow," she said before taking a bite. Ruth I. Jay
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you skip meals when you’re busy? Probably not—you need to eat to keep up your strength and energy. How about food for your soul? Jesus offers us spiritual food in His Word, the Bible. When we spend time reading what He has to say to us and talking to Him, He nourishes us and reminds us of His love. Find a time that works well for you and spend time with Him each day.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Luke 4:4 (KJV)
Jesus [said], “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” (NKJV)
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The Writer of Our Story (Friday)
Read: Genesis 45:4-8
At dinner, Maggie noticed her parents seemed quiet and tense. Her older brother, Matt, seemed to notice too and tentatively tried to break the silence. "I feel bad for the main character in the book I'm writing," he said. "He just went through so many hard things, including the death of his grandmother. I'm just glad I know what's going to happen in the end, and why he had to go through all that."
At this, Dad sighed. "Well, Matt, you've given me the perfect opening." Looking back and forth from Maggie to Matt, he said, "I'm not going to be working at the marketing firm anymore. The firm needed to make budget cuts, and I was one of the ones who had to be let go."
Maggie's eyes grew wide. "What are we going to do, Dad? Why would God let this happen?"
Mom spoke up. "Maggie, it's okay. We have money saved for something just like this. As for why God would let this happen, I don't know. But when facing hardships in life, I find it helpful to remember the story of Joseph. He was betrayed by his own brothers, sold as a slave, and thrown in jail. But God used all that to put Joseph in a position of power and save His people from a famine. He brought good from the bad."
Dad leaned forward. "It's like Matt's book. The character just went through a lot of bad things. If he were real, he would probably be very scared and confused, like we are now. But Matt, as the writer of his story, knows what will happen in the end. He'll make everything work out and be okay. And God is the Writer of our story. We don't have to be afraid, because He is in control, even when it looks like the story will end badly. But God has promised us a good ending, with Jesus coming back to make everything right and us living with Him forever. No matter what happens, we have that promise. Let's trust Him to help us through this."
Maggie and Matt nodded. Maggie closed her eyes and said a quick, silent prayer. Lord, thank you for taking care of us. Please help me trust that You, our Writer, are in control. Amen. Natalie Crowe
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Has something scary happened in your life? Maybe a parent lost their job or a family member died. It can be easy to doubt God in scary times, but remember that He is the Writer of our story. Even when bad things happen to us, He uses them to bring about a good ending. We don’t have to be afraid, because He is in control.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)