Family Fun Icebreaker: What is your favorite board game to play? Why?
Question: How Does Jesus Relate to You?
Today’s Big Idea: Jesus Wants You to Follow Him
Can you imagine playing a game but you never read the instructions of how to play? Do you think the game would go very well? The Bible contains the instructions for living life in a relationship with God. Jesus relates to you by explaining how you respond in a real relationship with Him. You follow Him. You trust in Jesus so you follow Him. Read Luke 6:46–49. Jesus shares that He does expect you to follow what He says and His commands in the Bible. And you have to read the Bible to know what those commands are. If you don’t follow His instructions and obey Him, then it is not a real relationship and your life will be a mess. If you do listen to His commands and obey Him, then your life will be solid.
Talk with God: Read the scriptures aloud.
Then he (Jesus) said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Luke 9:23–24 NLT
Walk with God: Read aloud and discuss.
Jesus said that you can sum up many of His instructions by loving the Lord God and treating others in a way that you want to be treated. In that instruction, if you don’t want someone to lie to you then you are not to lie. Or if you don’t want someone to steal from you, then you are not to steal. Do you see how it works? What others can you think of?
Discuss with your family:
Make it personal. Do you have any selfish ways that you need to stop? What are they? What would be the right way to follow Jesus?
Prayer suggestion: Pray for God to show you the instructions that you need to learn to live a solid life.
I will be praying for you!
Stacy A. Davis, Author
Excerpt from Come One, Come All, a Sky Ranch Family Devotional
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