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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 212

Getting to know
God together.

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THE BEST GIFT OF ALL.
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Zachary and Nardia, the Peterson twins, were excited about Christmas! They wondered what presents they would get . “I might get that fishing rod I saw down at the shop. I told Dad about it,” said Zach. “I hope, I really hope I get a guitar, “ said Nardia. “I want to learn to how to play it for church. I could sing with it, I have a good voice.” She had it all planned. Then that morning Mum read from the Bible:
“... remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. “ (Acts 20:35). “What exactly does that mean?” Zach asked Mum. “Jesus was saying that it makes us much more happy in God to give to other people than to get things for ourselves,” she answered.

The twins talked about that to each other. Finally Zachary said, “You know we never do anything much about presents for other people. We are getting older now, we should get gifts for the family this year.”  “But we have always drawn pictures for them, since we first started  pre-school,” said Nardia. “I mean real presents,” Zach said. “I’ve got a bit of money I’ve saved up for a furry seat for my bike. You’ve got that money Aunty Jill gave you when she came last week.”  Nardia felt excited now, they could keep it a secret from the family and give them a surprise on Christmas morning. So they got their money together and asked God to help them decide on presents. “Not much money, but I have some good ideas already, “said Zachary.

This is what they did. There were three gifts to get, one for Mum, one for Dad and a present for Kyle, who is four. They bought rock salt to make bath salts for Mum. Then they sneaked a dish into their room and mixed it with some scent and food colour-ing, and stirred it all up. It smelled wonderful. They got a lovely jar, spooned the salts in, and it was ready. They stuck a bow on top. For Dad they made a con-tainer for his pens. They got an empty baked beans tin, washed and dried it carefully, and stuck beautiful paper over the outside, and cut it until it fitted perfectly. It would look  great on his desk. For Kyle they made play dough. They got flour and lots of salt, and mixed it with water and red food colour-ing. It was a pretty pink, and they rolled it into a neat ball. Then they put the dough into a plastic bag. When the presents were ready the twins were thrilled with the result. “I can hardly wait to see their faces on Christmas morning, “said Nardia.

Jesus said:
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35).
He meant that people will know that we are followers of the Lord Jesus if we are people who care about others, and love them. We don’t show we belong to Jesus Christ by being smart, or by  knowing mountains of verses from the Bible, we show it by our love. We could know lots of Bible things, but if we are selfish and don’t love others, then we are just nothing at all! Love is kind and considerate, and wants to give more than it wants to receive.  Here is what the Bible tells us about love:
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not [love], I am nothing.” (I Corinthians 13:2).
Love is kind and thoughtful.
Love makes us want to bring happiness to others, and then we find happiness ourselves ( we are blessed too!).

A PRAYER:
“Dear Lord, fill me with Your love, and make me a person who cares about others. I want to be like Jesus, Who gave us the best gift of all - eternal Life with You forever. Amen.”

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