Kids Club Devotional: Parts 2 and 3

As many in our church prepare to participate in Kids Club next week, we want to invite all of the adults in our church to think about what children will learn during our action packed week together. Last week I posted part one of this year’s Kids Club devotional. This week I’ll share parts two and three. If you prefer, a complete version of this year’s devotional can be found here or at the Kids Club table on Sunday morning.

Part 2: Mary and Martha

Each night at Kids Club, we will learn why Jesus is worth following and how we can follow Him today. Last week that meant, “Because Jesus is the Savior of the world, we respond to His call by saying no to ourselves and following him.” 

Like the disciples, everything changes when we recognize that Jesus is the Savior of the world. He is worth following because He is the only one with the authority and the ability to heal the brokenness of our sin and the brokenness of the world around us.

When many of us think about what it means to follow Jesus, we often start creating a mental checklist of things we should do for him. Verbs like serving, sacrificing, giving, and doing start a perpetual hamster wheel of activity. While following Jesus very much includes those things, that’s not even close to where following Him should start. If we’re not careful, our cultural value of busyness and productivity can get in the way of what Jesus is after—our hearts. If we’re not careful, we can become so busy doing things that we miss Jesus himself.

Read Luke 10:38-42.

Describe the two sisters, Mary and Martha, that are mentioned in the text. 

Who do you most easily identify with? What keeps you from spending time with Jesus? 

What does this passage teach us about what God values/desires for us? 

Preaching about this text, Keith Simon explains,

In these verses we have a picture of who we are and who we want to be…Martha is upset about many things, but Jesus says few things are needed, indeed only one. Many things upset us, few things are important, but one thing is most important… In some sense there is one thing to prioritize, to make sure that you get right and that one thing is what Mary is doing. Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus…The implication is that Martha wants to sit at Jesus’ feet too, but she’s distracted. She’s been dragged away by her busyness. She doesn’t have time to spend time with Jesus because there is serving to do. Here’s what Martha forgot and I think we too often forget. Jesus prefers our company to our service. We know that because Jesus told Martha that Mary chose what is better and that was Jesus….I get Martha. Our culture is one big Martha, it lives at a relentless pace, a sprint. Following Jesus cannot be done at a sprint. You’re sitting, not running. 

Psalm 46:10 is a well-known verse that reminds us of this as well.

He says, “Be still, and that I am God; 
I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth. 

What would our lives look like if we lived like Psalm 46:10 were true? 

Immediately after Jesus’ encounter with Mary and Martha, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray.

Read Luke 11:1-4.

What kinds of things does Jesus invite us to pray about? What does this passage say about how we relate to Him? 

Based on Luke 10:38-11:4, why is Jesus worth following/listening to more than anyone else? 

What do these passages say about why Jesus is worth following/listening to more than anyone else? 

Colossians 2:2-3
Mark 9:7
Matthew 28:18
Matthew 11:28
1 Peter 5:7

Tuesday’s Bible story shows us that, “Because Jesus is God, we listen to him more than anyone else.” As we’ll see tomorrow, following Jesus this way doesn’t mean that we completely disengage from the world around us. It doesn’t mean that we blow off responsibilities or fail to love and serve people in real, tangible ways because we’ve sequestered ourselves. Paul Miller describes this in his book, The Praying Life:

If we love people and have the power to help, then we are going to be busy. Learning to pray doesn’t offer us a less busy life; it offers us a less busy heart. In the midst of outer busyness we can develop an inner quiet. Because we are less hectic on the inside, we have a greater capacity to love…and thus to be busy, which in turn drives us even more into a life of prayer…A needy heart is a praying heart. Dependency is the heartbeat of prayer.

Pray: Spend a few minutes praying that God would give you a heart that knows its need and dependency of Him. Pray that the kids you meet at Kids Club or the kids you parent at home would ultimately do the same. Pray that because Jesus is God, we would all listen to him more than anyone else.

Optional Activity for Further Reflection: Dave Cover led a powerful meditation on how the Lord’s Prayer can shape our prayer life after a recent sermon. Use this video clip as a way to guide your prayer this week.

The Lord’s Prayer Devotional from The Crossing on Vimeo.

 

Part 3: Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Each night at Kids Club, we will learn why Jesus is worth following and how we can follow Him today.

Last week we learned that this means, “Because Jesus is the Savior of the World, we respond to His call by saying no to ourselves and choosing Him.” 

Earlier we learned that this means, “Because Jesus is God, we listen to him more than anyone else.” 

Tonight’s story takes place the night before Jesus dies on the cross. Jesus knew the time he had left with his disciples was limited. Just as someone on their deathbed might be strategic about how they spend their remaining moments, Jesus’ words and actions in tonight’s passage carry special significance.

Read John 13.

How does Jesus spend the night before his death? What might this tell us about what is important to him? 

What is unusual or shocking about what Jesus does in this passage? 

Reread John 13:1, 12-17, 34-35.

Why did Jesus wash his disciples’ feet? What do these verses tell us about who Jesus is? 

Jesus washing the disciples’ feet was a picture of what he came to do for sinners like you and me. He came to lay down his life by dying on the cross and rising again so that all who trust Him can have new life. He came to wash us clean and to mend our broken relationship with Him forever.

What do these passages tell us about what it looks like for you and me to follow Jesus today? 

Tonight’s story shows us that, “Because Jesus lays down his life for us, we can serve others.” If you’re like me, the idea of serving some people feels easier than serving others. I’m much more naturally inclined to serve people I perceive to be “deserving” of my care—people who are like me, who love me, who won’t take advantage of my kindness. This story and Jesus’ accompanying command to “love one another” convicts me of my tendency to qualify who deserves to be loved and served. As Elisabeth Elliot writes,

We see him (Jesus) move serenely through all the events of His life—when He was reviled, He did not revile in return. When He knew that He would suffer many things and be killed in Jerusalem, He never deviated from His course. He had set His face like flint. He sat at supper with one who would deny Him and another who would betray Him, yet He was able to eat with them, willing even to wash their feet. Jesus in the unbroken intimacy of His Father’s love, kept a quiet heart.

Why is it that Jesus—who is the Savior of the world and God himself–could humbly serve those who didn’t deserve it? The answer: unbroken intimacy with His Father’s love. That is why Jesus could face the unthinkable. That is why he could lay down his life. He knew his Father loved him and would never ask anything of his Son that wasn’t for his ultimate good and God’s glory.

Why is it, then, that we can serve others, even those whom we feel are least deserving of our sacrifice? It’s because Jesus has given us the one thing we need the most. He has solved our greatest problem—the sin that separates us eternally from Him—when we least deserved it. Because of Jesus, we can now have “unbroken intimacy” with our Father in heaven.

Not only that, but we know that our sacrifices will someday end like Jesus’ did. God the Father responded to His Son’s humility and service by exalting him (Philippians 2). We are promised that those who “lose their life” for Jesus, too, will ultimately “find it” (Matthew 16:25).

With these truths in mind and with God’s help, we can do what Jesus commands in our memory verse.

Luke 9:23, Whoever wants to follow me must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross daily and follow me.

Pray: Spend time praying for a transformed heart that truly loves and serves others. Pray that children at Kids Club would be captivated by the Servant King who came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. 

 

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