Family Devotion: Turkey Busters 5

TB5This is Part Five of a seven-part series. Here is Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four if you need to catch up.

Verse: Come, let us bow down and worship him. Let us fall on our knees in front of the Lord our Maker. – Psalm 95:6 (NIrV)

Big Idea:  Choose to worship instead of worry.

Have you ever faced a big problem? What did you do about it? Did you worry? Did you whine? Did you try to solve it on your own? Sometimes we get so caught up in our problems it keeps us from loving God and others because all we can think about is ourselves.  

When we just focus on ourselves, it makes our problems seem worse.  

There was a king in the Bible named Jehoshaphat who once faced a big problem too. A huge army was on its way to attack his country. In fact, three different armies had teamed up against him. He and his people were totally outnumbered, and the king was scared.  

So what did he do? Did he panic? Did he worry? Did he sit around and feel sorry for himself?  No way. He gathered all of his people and went to God for help.The Bible says that moms, dads and kids were all there seeking God together. But before Jehoshaphat asked God for anything, he praised God, reminding everyone of God’s power and the good things God had done for them.  

Jehoshaphat chose worship over worry.  

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Family Devotion: Turkey Busters 4

TB4This is Part Four of a seven-part series. Here is Part One and Part Two and Part Three if you need to catch up.

Verse to Remember: The most important person among you will be your servant. – Matthew 23:11 (NIrV)

Big Idea: Be like Jesus and do the job no one else wants to do.

What is the worst household chore you can imagine? Taking out the trash? Scrubbing the toilet? Cleaning out the litter box?  

If you had lived in Jesus’ day, it might have been washing feet. Sounds gross, doesn’t it? You don’t know the half of it. 

In Bible times people didn’t have cars so they walked almost everywhere they went. They didn’t have sneakers either. They wore sandals which meant their feet got dirty fast.  

To make matters worse, their roads could be pretty gross. Most of them were made of dirt, and guess what happened to that dirt when it rained. It turned to mud. 
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Family Devotion: Turkey Busters 3

TB3This is Part Three of a seven-part series. Here is Part One and Part Two if you need to catch up. Sign up to receive Turkey Busters sent straight to your inbox.

Verse to Remember: Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves. – Phil 2:3 (NIrV)

Big Idea: Make a big deal out of God and others.

Have you ever known someone who likes to brag? Some people love to tell you all about how many points they scored or the exciting vacation they took or the big present they got for their birthday. Sure, it’s normal to want to share things we’re excited about, but it’s easy to take it too far. Before we know it, we may be spending way too much time talking about ourselves instead of celebrating others.

There was a guy in the Bible who loved to brag. But not about himself. He did all his bragging about Jesus. His name was John the Baptist.

For hundreds of years, God told the Israelites he was going to send a hero to rescue them. This hero was called the Messiah. God sent John to tell people this hero was coming soon.

People asked John if he was the Messiah. He said, “No way! I’m not even good enough to untie his shoes!” Over and over again, John kept bragging about the Messiah and telling people how awesome he was going to be.

Then, one day, Jesus showed up, and John told everyone Jesus was the one they had been waiting for all along.

Later, the crowds who had been following John started following Jesus instead. One of John’s followers thought he might be jealous. But guess what? John was happy about it. He said, “He must become more important. I must become less important” (John 3:30 NIrV).

John was truly humble. He didn’t look down on himself. He just didn’t spend much time thinking about himself at all. He was too busy telling others about Jesus.

Think About It:

How about you? How do you feel when someone else gets all the attention? When your friends tell you about something good that happened to them, are you happy for them or do you ever try to “one up” them to make yourself look good instead?

When we try to make a big deal out of ourselves, we can end up acting like world-class turkeys, but when we make a big deal out of God and others, we are free to enjoy life, our friends and the blessings God gives us.

Prayer: God, you are great. Help me to brag about you and other people and not make a big deal about myself. Amen.

Talk About It:
1. Who is someone you can brag about this week other than yourself?
2. What is something you could do to make them feel special?
3. What has God has done for you that you can brag about to others?  Who can you tell?

Read More About It: Read more about what John said about Jesus in John 1:19-27.

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