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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Better than Riches

Kids Bible Devotional for June 11, 2024

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Focus Verse

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. (KJV)

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"Okay, contestant. What will it be? Will you choose Door 1, 2 or 3?"

I realize that life is not a game show, but like with some game shows, a contestant’s decision determines either their success or failure. God measures success quite differently than people do. Often, we see what people possess and automatically think they’re successful. But that’s not necessarily true, is it? Jesus asked, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” You could be the wealthiest person in the world and be impoverished in your spirit.

There is only one verse in the King James version of the Bible where the word success is used: Joshua 1:8. Here, we learn that success is tied to one’s affection and obedience to God’s commandments. In other words, true contentment comes from serving the Lord, not fame and fortune.

Today's Devotion

When Zoe came home from a weekend at her friend’s house, she found her dad in the garage busily working on his old truck.

“What are you fixing today, Dad?”

“Putting in a new alternator.”

“Crystal’s dad has a brand-new truck.  He just bought it a couple of months ago.  It has all the latest electronics in it.  It even has a sunroof. You should think about getting one like his.”

“We already have one car payment on your Mom’s van.  We can’t afford two.”

“I wish you had a job like Crystal’s dad.  He travels all over the world. They live in this big two-story house with a swimming pool and a hot tub.  They even have this game room on the top floor that--”

“Let me stop you right there, sweetie.” Dad tossed his wrench into the toolbox. “We could have all those things, too, if we wanted.”

Zoe’s eyes lit up.  “We could?  Then, why don’t we?”

“Because I would have to do like Crystal’s dad. I’d spend most of my time out of town, bouncing from city to city.”

“You like to travel, though, right?” Zoe asked. “I heard you tell mom that you wanted to buy an RV when you retire and travel across the country.”

Dad leaned against the side of his truck. “Yes, with your mom, but not for a living. Listen, I had a job like that before I married your mom. I could have gone back to it after you were born. Thought about it.  With a new baby, we could have used the money.  But then I would have missed a lot of church and probably a lot of your recitals, your school plays, and your band concerts.  I figured those moments were more precious than all the money in the world.”

“And I love you for it, Daddy.” Zoe threw her arms around his waist.  “You’re right. You don’t need that kind of job. Having you around means more to me than new cars and fancy houses anyway.”

Wrap Up

The word decide comes from two Latin words which means to cut off. When you make a decision, this means that you have cut off your other options. You have made up your mind and chosen what you wanted.

In living for Jesus, we are faced with many decisions. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices to follow after God’s heart. We choose to obey His voice, not our own desires. Some things in life are more precious than gold and silver.

Ask the Lord to help you understand what’s most important for your life. Search the Word to find out what pleases God.

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