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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

The Way We Were

Kids Bible Devotional for January 25, 2024

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Focus Verses

I Timothy 2:3-4 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (KJV)

Jump Start

Maybe a picture does say more than a thousand words.

Have you ever flipped through a magazine and seen one of those “before” and “after” photos of someone who’s lost a lot of weight? The caption might read, “Mary Doe lost 34 pounds in 6 weeks using the Fast-As-Lightning Weight Loss program.” The “after” shot always pictures a much happier, healthier person than the “before” photograph.

When we come to God, we take on a change too. We don’t look the same. We don’t talk the same. The change that comes from God is better than what’s shown by some glossy ad in a magazine. He wants that for everyone.

Today's Devotion

Sarah sat on the floor of her parent’s closet trying on a pair of her mother’s high-heeled shoes. As she stood, she lost her balance. Reaching for the nearby shelf to steady herself, her hand caught the edge of a cardboard box. The box tumbled to the floor spilling out old photographs around her feet.

Sarah let out a gasp, then dropped to her knees. She began shoving the pictures back into the box hoping that her mother didn’t hear the commotion. But, before Sarah had a chance to really get started, she heard her mother’s footsteps hurriedly moving her direction.

“What are you doing?” her mother scolded, standing in the closet doorway.

“I was just trying on some shoes when this box fell,” Sarah stammered.

“Well, you don’t need to be in here. I’ll help you get this cleaned up then I want you to go outside and play.” Mom bent down and arranged the photographs into neat piles before placing them into the box.

Sarah carefully studied the pictures. She reached for one that most caught her attention.

“What’s this, Mama?” Sarah said, handing the picture to her mom.

Mom smiled as she took the photograph from Sarah. “It’s a picture of your father and me when we were dating.”

“But you and Daddy look so different. I’ve never seen you dress like that before.”

“It’s true. We don’t look like this anymore. This was before we came to know Jesus. Your father and I were in college at the time. Not long after this was taken, we joined a Bible study group that led us to the Lord. God really changed us after that.”

“You two remind me of Uncle Ed and Aunt Jillian. Do you think God can change them too?”

“I certainly do, but we need to keep praying for them.” Mom reached for Sarah’s hand. “How about we say a quick prayer for them right now?”

Sarah bowed her head as her mother softly prayed.

Wrap Up

In the opening of I Timothy 2, Paul stressed the importance of praying for others. He also stressed Jesus’ desire that all be saved. Paul went on to explain how men and women believers are to conduct themselves as examples of Christ to the world. When Jesus changes us, He changes us on the inside and the outside.

Have you been changed by God’s gift of salvation?


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