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A Very Special Servant (Monday)

Read: Matthew 25:34-40

 

During quiet reading time at school, Jordan couldn't stop thinking about the verses her dad had read for devotions that morning. Dad's a servant of Jesus because he's a pastor, she thought. Uncle Rob and Aunt Claire are God's servants too because they're missionaries. But I'm only eight. How can somebody my age be His servant?

 

Jordan's thoughts were interrupted by her teacher's voice. "Will someone please stay in during morning recess and help me with the bulletin board?" Mrs. Powell asked. The kids often liked to help their teacher, but this time no one volunteered. Jordan had been looking forward to playing with the other kids, but someone needed to help Mrs. Powell, so she raised her hand.

 

At lunch, Mandy asked Jordan to help her learn her spelling words. Jordan glanced over at a group of her friends laughing and talking together, then nodded and sat down at another table to help Mandy.

 

When Jordan got home, Mom was relieved to see her. "Hudson's asleep, and I need you to stay with him while I take Oaklee to the doctor's office. She's running a fever," said Mom. "Mrs. Scott said to bring Hudson next door if he wakes up." Jordan nodded, glad to be able to do something to help.

 

After dinner that evening, Jordan loaded the dishwasher and then rocked Oaklee while Mom put Hudson to bed. When both the little ones were asleep and the toys were picked up, Jordan decided to ask her mom the question that had been on her mind all day. "Mom, how can I serve God? Dad's a pastor, Uncle Rob and Aunt Claire are missionaries, and you're the choir director at church, but I'm not anything. What can somebody my age do to serve Jesus?"

 

Mom hugged her daughter. "Oh, Jordan, honey, you are serving Him! The Bible says that one way to serve Jesus is to serve others. Helping with chores around the house--and with Oaklee and Hudson--is serving Him."

 

Jordan was surprised. "It is?"

 

Mom nodded. "Jesus served us by becoming human and dying for our sins. He did that because He loved us, and when we serve others in response to His love, we're serving Him."

Jordan smiled and thought, I guess I'm God's servant after all!

-Barbara J. Westberg

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you want to serve Jesus? Do you think you’re too young to be His servant? You’re wrong. You can serve Him by doing something for others. What can you do for someone today? Can you help with chores? Shovel somebody’s sidewalk? Read a story to a smaller child? When you serve others out of love for Jesus, you are serving Him.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 25:40 (KJV)

Truly I [Jesus] tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. (NIV)

 

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Zach Is Forgiven (Tuesday)

Read: Matthew 5:23-24; Colossians 3:13 

 

Zach watched helplessly as his ball bounced off his mom's favorite vase, shattering it into many pieces. He stared in shock at the mess on the floor. His mom had told him never to throw a ball in the house. Now, bits of broken glass covered the entire area. How would he ever get up all the broken pieces?

 

Mom would be home from work any minute. What should he do? Maybe he could pick the glass up before she came home. Maybe she wouldn't notice the glass vase was missing off the table. He scratched his head, hoping he could come up with a solution.

 

"Zach, what happened?" came his mother's gentle voice from behind him.

 

Zach spun around. Oh no! She was home already.

 

Mom's eagle eyes quickly noticed the vase and the ball. She walked over to Zach with a baffled expression on her face. "Zach, were you playing ball in the house?"

 

Zach looked around at the broken glass, knowing he should not have been throwing his ball indoors. He knew he had to tell his mom the truth.

 

"Yes. I'm sorry, Mom," Zach replied as he stared down at his shoes. "I was trying to be careful."

 

"Did you cut yourself?" Mom asked with a worried expression.

 

"No, I'm okay," Zach said.

 

Mom sighed. "I'm so glad you weren't hurt. You know you shouldn't play inside with outdoor toys."

 

"I'm sorry, Mom. I promise I won't do it again. I feel really bad about the vase."

 

Mom gave him a hug and said, "I know you do. I forgive you."

 

"Mom, how come you don't yell at me when I do something bad like some of my friends' moms?"

 

"I don't want to yell at you, Zach. I know you're sorry for what you did. I just don't want you to get hurt when you do something you shouldn't."

 

Zach thought for a moment. He grinned, then said, "In the Bible, Jesus forgave others. No matter what they did, if they were sorry, He forgave them."

 

"That's right," Mom agreed. "And He always forgives us too. If we do something wrong and ask for Jesus to forgive us, He will."

 

Zach nodded. "Mom, thank you for being like Jesus."

 

They both smiled.

 

-Julie Hopper-Butler

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Have you ever made a mistake? Think about a time when you did something you weren’t supposed to do. Were you sorry for it later on? Great news! Jesus forgives us for all our wrongdoings. All we have to do is ask for His forgiveness. No matter what you’ve done, Jesus loves you and will forgive you. Let’s be like Jesus. Follow His example and be willing to forgive.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 John 1:9 (KJV)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)

 

 

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Riddles (Wednesday)

Read: 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 14-16 

 

"Hey, Kwan, how are you at math?" asked his sister Nari.

 

"Got an A on my report card," Kwan answered with a smile.

 

"Then let's see if you can figure out this riddle. Listen carefully, okay? A bus with ten people on it stopped and picked up five more. After going two blocks, it let off three people and picked up four. After going another block, it let off four passengers. It made one more stop and picked up two people." Nari grinned. "Now tell me…how many times did the bus stop?"

 

"Fourteen!" Kwan shouted. Then his triumphant grin faded as he realized he had been fooled. "Hey! I thought you were going to ask how many people were on the bus at the end. I was keeping track of that in my head, but I don't remember how many times the bus stopped."

 

Nari laughed. "Gotcha!"

 

Mom grinned. "I have a riddle for both of you. Remember Pastor Green's sermon at church last week?"

 

Kwan nodded. "He said many people believe a loving God would never send anyone to hell."

 

"They say God loves everyone just as they are and that's all that matters," Nari added.

 

"Well, the riddle is…in what way are those people like Kwan?" asked Mom.

 

Nari thought it over. "Kwan only heard the numbers he was listening for. He didn't pay attention to the rest of the story."

 

"Right," Mom said. "And people who say God won't punish sin are not paying attention to everything the Bible says. They're just hearing what they want to hear--picking out the parts of the Bible they like and ignoring everything else. It's true that God loves everyone just as they are, but the Bible also says that our sin separates us from God. That's why He sent His Son, Jesus, to take the punishment for our sin on the cross. He loves us so much He made a way for us to have eternal life with Him--and He helps us turn away from sin in our lives now."

 

"So it's not enough to say God loves us. We must take Him up on His offer to save us from sin," Kwan observed.

 

"Right," said Mom. "To truly know God's love for us, we need to trust in Jesus."

 

-Charles VanderMeer

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you pay attention to everything God says in His Word—or do you pick out only what you want to hear? Don’t be fooled by those who claim there’s no such thing as sin and that we can live however we want because God loves us. The Bible says God sent Jesus to rescue us from sin—that’s how much He loves us. Listen to the whole truth of God’s Word and put your trust in Jesus. (To learn more, click the “Good News!” button in the right column.)

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV)

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. (NLT)

 

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Something Missing (Thursday)

Read: Hebrews 13:15-16; James 2:14-18 

 

"And please help the people at the soup kitchen find enough workers to help serve the Thanksgiving dinner," prayed Ryleigh a few days before Thanksgiving. She finished and said amen, and she and her mom began their meal.

 

"I've been thinking," said Mom as they cleared the dishes. "Maybe we could volunteer to help at the soup kitchen on Thanksgiving."

 

"What!" exclaimed Ryleigh. "I don't want to spend Thanksgiving there! What about our own turkey dinner?"

 

"I think we could work that in too," said Mom. "Let's think about it."

 

"I am thinking about it," muttered Ryleigh with a big frown. She closed the dishwasher. "Mom, can I bake the cake for Ashlyn's birthday party now? I'm not going to have much time tomorrow since I have choir practice in the evening."

 

"Well, I haven't gotten any cake mix yet. Can you make one from scratch?"

 

Ryleigh nodded and eagerly set to work. She mixed flour, sugar, and salt. She stirred in eggs, oil, and milk. Finally, she poured the batter into a cake pan and put

 

it in the oven.

 

When the buzzer sounded to indicate the cake was done, Ryleigh took it out. "Mom, my cake is so…so flat!" she exclaimed. "It didn't rise!"

 

Mom came to look. "I think you must have forgotten the baking powder."

 

"This won't be any good," Ryleigh groaned.

 

"It's definitely missing something," Mom agreed. She looked thoughtful. "Do you think there was something missing in your prayer tonight too?"

 

Ryleigh looked at her mom in surprise. "My prayer?"

 

Mom nodded. "You stirred the cake ingredients but didn't mix in the thing that puts action into the batter. And you prayed for helpers at the soup kitchen, but you're not willing to mix actions with the words you spoke."

 

Ryleigh was startled. "I didn't think about that," she said.

 

"Give it some more thought," said Mom. "The Bible says faith without action to back it up is as useless as this flat, inedible cake."

 

Ryleigh did think about it as she got ready for bed. Jesus showed He loved me through His actions--He died for my sins on the cross. And I'm so thankful He did that. I want to show others how good He is through my actions too.

 

-Violet E. Nesdoly

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are you thankful for all Jesus has done in your life? Thankful enough to let Him use your hands and feet to show others His love? He showed His great love for you through His actions—He took your sins on Himself and died on the cross. Celebrate this Thanksgiving Day by looking for opportunities to show others your faith in Jesus through your actions.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Hebrews 13:15-16 (KJV)

Let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God…And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. (NLT)

 

 

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Moving Eyebrows (Friday)

Read: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 

 

Kaden nudged his sister. "I wonder why Uncle Kurt moves his eyebrows up and down while he's talking," he whispered as their uncle answered a question Dad had asked. "He looks funny!" Ella just shrugged.

 

After a moment, Kaden ventured a question of his own. "Are you glad to be back from the mission field, Uncle Kurt?"

 

Uncle Kurt looked right at Kaden and raised his eyebrows a few times as he spoke. "It's good to be back, but we miss the people we've been working with and the small church we started."

 

After dinner, Kaden and Ella cleared the table while the grown-ups talked. "Ask Uncle Kurt why he moves his eyebrows up and down when he answers questions," Kaden urged his sister.

 

"It could just be a nervous habit," said Ella. "Though I noticed Aunt Meg does it sometimes too. Why don't you ask about it?"

 

"Maybe I will."

 

After dinner, Kaden finally asked the question. "Uncle Kurt, why do you raise your eyebrows when you talk?"

 

Uncle Kurt laughed out loud. "Have I been doing that? That's one way the people say yes in the village where we work. Now I do it without thinking."

 

"When missionaries go to another country, they often have to learn new gestures as well as a new language," Aunt Meg explained. "At first, many things the people did seemed strange to us, but we expected that. After all, we were in their country, and we certainly couldn't expect them to do things our way."

 

Uncle Kurt nodded. "We remembered the Bible verse where Paul says he adjusted to the people he worked with in order to spread the gospel. We knew we had to do that too so the people in our village could hear about Jesus."

 

"That's something all Christians can do--not just missionaries," Mom said. "When we're open to learning about others who do things differently from us and are willing to be their friend--even if it takes some adjustment--we can share Jesus with them too."

 

Aunt Meg nodded. "We love the people where we live, and we're trusting Jesus to help us develop meaningful relationships with them."

-Jorlyn A. Grasser

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Do you know any missionaries? When they move to a foreign country, they need to become familiar with different languages, gestures, food, and customs. They’re willing to make those adjustments because they want to tell people about Jesus. Even if you’re not a missionary in a foreign country, you can do the same thing where you live. Be willing to put your own preferences aside so you can develop friendships with those who are different from you.

 

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 9:19 (KJV)

Even though I [Paul] am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. (NLT)

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