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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

One Big Happy Family

Kids Bible Devotional for February 6, 2024

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Focus Verse

I Timothy 5:10 Well reported for good works: if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work. (NKJV)

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You are important to the kingdom of God.

Many Christmases ago, I bought a foosball table for my kids. I had all but put it together when I realized it was missing one of the most essential pieces – the ball. I called the manufacturer the first chance I got, and the new ball arrived in the mail a week later, but the kids had to wait all that time to play their new game.

You know, it could have also been that way if any of the parts were missing such as one of the little plastic soccer players, or a side panel, or any number of the screws.

It’s not too unlike the church. Everyone plays an important part. Their role may seem small, but it would not be the same without each person doing their part. This is just the lesson we learn in today’s devotion which comes from I Timothy 5:1-25.

Today's Devotion

Aaron lay on his bed, lazily tossing the baseball into his well-oiled glove. Every so often, he’d glance over at the Most Valuable Player trophy on his dresser. His mind drifted to his grand slam in the baseball finals that gave his team the win.

His father poked his head into his room, rousing Aaron from his daydream. “Time to leave for church, son.”

Before service, Aaron met up with his friends, Joey and Sid, in the church foyer.

“How’s the arm, Mr. MVP?” Joey teased.

Aaron playfully swung his arm from side to side. While the three bantered about the game, elder Sister Bentley hobbled past on her walker.

Sid jabbed his thumb in her direction. “Man, I heard she’s been mooching off the church ever since her husband died,” he whispered.

“She’s been bumming rides to church,” Joey said. “I’d be too embarrassed.”

Aaron chimed in. “If it’s that hard, why not just watch service online? Not much she can do anyway.”

Later that afternoon, while Aaron lay on his bed listening to music, his dad came into his room. Dad went to Aaron’s dresser, picked up the trophy, and turned it over in his hand.

“Nice trophy, son,” Dad said. “You made a few good plays and hit well, but you didn’t win that game by yourself. You had a great team behind you.”

“I know, Dad,” Aaron said.

“Church is like a team. We all have a part to play. Some parts are more apparent than others, like the Pastor’s and the worship team. Some are not so much. Take Sister Bentley, for example. I heard what you boys said about her today.”

Aaron cringed. “You did?”

“Sure did, and it wasn’t so nice. It’s true, she’s not able to get out much. She has no family nearby, except her church family. She doesn’t have a lot of money either. But every morning, she takes out the church directory, and prays for every person.” Dad pointed the end of the trophy toward Aaron. “Including you.”

“I didn’t know that,” Aaron said.

“I know you didn’t. But, now that you do, what are you going to do about it?”

“I guess I could do something nice for her like…I don’t know… maybe she could use help with yardwork and stuff.”

“Sounds like another good play, son,” Dad said, handing the trophy back to Aaron.

Wrap Up

In our verse references, we find Paul laying out rules for Timothy in the treatment of certain members of the church, including widows and elders. What it shows is how the church of God is made up of different people with different needs and giftings. Everyone is unique, and everyone deserves love and respect. This is because each of us is necessary to the kingdom of God.

That includes you, too!

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