Joseph’s father gives him a colorful coat to show how special he is. God made us all special. (Genesis 37:1-4; Genesis 1:26-27)
We kick off the month with an interaction that Jesus had with His disciples. They had been known to argue about who would be the greatest. In Mark 10:32-45, we see that even James and John ask Jesus if they can sit at the places of honor in His kingdom. Jesus reminds them that He came to serve and give His life for everyone. He taught them that if they wanted to be great, they needed be the servants of all.
Bottom Line: Serve others because of what Jesus did for us. Jesus is the ultimate example of service. We’d love for kids and families to understand that serving others is part of what it means to follow Jesus. Because He loved and served us first, we should love and serve others.
Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s)
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.
Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.