Day 4: Peace in Growing

Scripture: Luke 8: 14-15

“14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you know that you needed to grow? We aren’t talking the kind of growing required by eating broccoli or brussels sprouts. Yuck! Instead, we are talking about the kind of growth that comes from following Jesus, so that we may have the knowledge needed to face the obstacles or difficult decision in life.

Close your eyes. Think of a time when you made a “wrong choice” and a parent, caregiver, or teacher pulled you aside to give you a long lecture about what you said or did. After they talked to you, did you feel better about the situation or worse?  We bet these people talked to you because they love and care about you! Another word for grow is change. Did you take the words they said to you and use it as an opportunity to change? When we think about growing spiritually, we must do a few things.

First, study the Bible, ask lots and lots of questions to your parents and church leaders so that you can understand! The Christmas story is a great place to start.  Here we jump right into the story of Jesus right from the beginning.  When you read it, what are some questions you might have?  Questions help you grow and develop, and all questions are important, so never be afraid to ask!

Next, get in the habit of praying every single day! Offer to pray at meal time or on the way to school so that you develop good habits and become a prayer warrior! Pray about what you are thankful for; about the needs you might have; ask Jesus for forgiveness for the sin in your life and for Him to show you how He can use you as His servant today.

Finally, learn to defend what you know is true about the Bible. As a child, it can be hard to figure out what is true and what is a lie. Sometimes we might see or hear things that make us feel bad in our hearts or we might get a really “bad feeling” about something. Usually, that “bad feeling” is the Holy Spirit telling you to be on the lookout! We shouldn’t ignore it, and when you get that feeling it is important to talk to your parents or church leader about it so that they can help you to figure it all out! When we are working to grow in our faith, God will give us a sense of peace and confidence in what we know and the right words to say when God needs us to speak up.  What a great feeling when we see God’s scripture come alive in our lives!

Prayer: Jesus, I ask that you open my heart and my eyes to know what is true. I pray that you place someone in my life that can help answer the questions that I have about you and the Bible. In Jesus name. Amen.

Activity: At Christmas children often have a hard time understanding the Christmas Story. Today, our activity will be to read the Christmas story as a family and encourage children to ask questions about the parts that they may not understand.

Challenge: Try to memorize Luke 2:10-11 this week. On Christmas, say this part of the Christmas story together and be proud that you have put God’s word in to your heart.