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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Made for This

Kids Bible Devotional for February 27, 2024

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Focus Verse

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) (KJV)

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And in the category of best kid in the world, the award goes to…

It’s an amazing feeling to get acknowledged for your hard work. At different occasions during the year people all over the world are recognized for their contributions to the arts, charities, organizations, and to their communities. This comes by way of awards, promotions, or public ceremonies.

But what does it mean to get recognized by the King of kings and the Lord of lords for your contribution to the Kingdom of God? Amazing, huh? Of course, we live in service to Jesus Christ not to gain favor but to bring glory to His name.

In the opening of the epistle to the Galatians we read about one man in particular who was distinguished as an apostle not by man but by God Himself.

Today's Devotion

Evie made her way into the auditorium with the rest of the student body. Her stomach churned with nervousness. Today, the principal was to announce that she won the school-wide American history art contest. Evie spent nearly two months on her painting of Abraham Lincoln giving the Gettysburg Address. Over two hundred other students had competed with drawings, sculptures, paintings, and even an elaborate diorama of George Washington crossing the Delaware. From all this talent, she was selected the winner. To say she was honored would be an understatement.

For several minutes the principal rambled on about the upcoming mid-semester exams and the dress code for the next football pep rally before she made the announcement Evie had been waiting for.

“And, to announce the winner of the American History Art Contest is noted historical writer, Mrs. Beverly Wolar. Mrs. Wolar has published over one hundred books in history and has received many awards for her writing. She served as one of our esteemed judges for this contest.”

Mrs. Wolar, a short, plump woman with graying hair, stepped up to the podium. She adjusted her reading glasses and peered down at the piece of paper before her. “And the winner is, Evie Trevino, for her painting entitled, ‘Lincoln, the Emancipator’.”

Evie strolled up to the stage; butterflies fluttered in her belly. She walked over to Mrs. Wolar who handed her a certificate.

As Evie turned to leave, Mrs. Wolar leaned down to her ear. “Evie, you have an exceptional gift. Never let anything stop you. You were made for this.”

Wrap Up

Paul truly was made to be an apostle. But he didn’t start out that way. When we are first introduced to him, we know him as Saul, a man who was a staunch opponent of the church. But Jesus saw him not for what he was, but for who He would become in Him.

Jesus recognized Paul as an official apostle of the gospel in much the same way Jesus’ disciples were. Paul made quite the contribution to the church, authoring nearly half the books of the New Testament.

What does God see when He sees you? I’m sure it is something truly amazing.

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