Just for Kids: September 27, 2013 Devotion

“Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord God of Israel.”  And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!”                    
Joshua 24:23-24

Toss It or Keep It?

     John’s class studied the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods.” Then Pastor asked the class to read a Bible passage in Joshua that described how people threw away their false gods. That’s when John decided he had things to throw away too.

     He had a few CDs with songs that made him feel guilty. It wasn’t the kind of music he could play with grown-ups around. When he got home, he threw out the CDs. John also had a poster of his favorite baseball player over his bed. He took that down too. He wondered if he was worshiping his hero.

     Later, John told his father what he was doing and asked if there was anything else he should give up as a “false god.” His father was wise. He helped John see that it isn’t wrong to own something. It doesn’t mean that each thing is a false god. But he also helped Jon realize that he does sin against this and every commandment.

     What do you think? Can you keep the First Commandment by getting rid of posters and CDs? What if you cleared your room of electronic games? How about if you stopped sending messages to your friends?

     The truth is we can’t keep the First Commandment or any of God’s Commandments. We are sinful, and by breaking one of God’s commands, we have broken the entire Law. That’s why we need Jesus. He kept all the Commandments perfectly for us.

     Now we are free to live our lives so that others can know that Jesus is the only Savior from sin. And if you think about it, getting rid of bad CDs might help you focus on Jesus.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment. 
Mark 12:30
Dear God, I am so blessed to be a Christian, forgiven of my sins and guided by Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name I thank You for all these gifts. Amen.