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38. Jesus Is To Be Obeyed

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Setting The Stage

Jesus gave us many commands and words of instruction while he was here on earth. During this devotional you will learn about a few of those commands, the importance of obeying them and the fact that Jesus made these rules because he loves us.

Project

First: A Game Of “Simon Says”

An adult will be Simon (at least for the first game). The rest of the group will stand in front of Simon. They all need to understand, before the game starts, that they are only to obey when Simon says, “Simon says!”

An example of how the game can go:

  • Adult says, “Simon says, ‘Raise your arm’,” -everyone raises their arm.
  • Adult says, “Simon says, ‘Turn around,” -everyone turns around (Note: If they lower their arm they are out because Simon did not say for them to lower their arm).
  • Adult says, “Lower your arm.” -everyone needs to remain perfectly still (if any one lowers their arm, they are out because the adult did not say “Simon says.”)

You might need to give them a few trial runs because it takes a little while for the younger children to understand and remember. The goal of the game is to get all but one out. That person is the winner.

Second: Obeying Jesus

Sit in a circle and suggest some rules Jesus made while he was here on earth. Below are some suggestions if the list from the circle is a short one.

Matthew 5:21-22

We should not hate anyone.

Matthew 5:33-37

We need to do what we said we were going to do.

Matthew 5:42

We need to share and give to those who are in need.

Matthew 5:44

We should love our enemies and pray for those who are mean to us.

Third: How Should We Obey Jesus?

We should obey the same way we obeyed Simon, except we are to do only what “Jesus says”! We need to learn about and respond to all that Jesus wants us to do. Explain this to your children and emphasize that Jesus gave these commands because he loves us and wants the best for us.

Prayer

Choose one area each of you needs to work on so you can obey Jesus better. Everyone should take a turn asking God for help with that choice.

Related Topics: Children's Training Resources, Parent Resources, Christian Education, Christian Home, Devotionals

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