BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/index.htm
Getting to know God together.
DRINKING HOT CHOCOLATE.
Jarad and Kyle were enjoying the cold weather. It was nice to pull up the blankets at night, and to wear cosy furry slippers. But the best of all was Mum fixing them hot chocolate drinks at bedtime. She made them just right, not too hot, with a marsh mellow on top. Then the boys really felt like sleeping because the hot chocolate made them feel drowsy. Mum always gave them an Anzac biscuit to eat with the cocoa. The biscuits have got oats, butter and syrup in them. Yum!
One night Mum came in to hear the boys' prayers before tucking them in, and she said, "what a face you've got, Kyle!" He was supposed to drink carefully, so that no cocoa got on his face or on the pillow slip. But, this time he had dribbled some hot chocolate down his chin, and had wiped it across his cheek! Mum said he should get up and wash his face. And she went out to get Dad a cup of coffee. When she came back Kyle was sitting up in bed. Mum said, "your face is just the same, only you have rubbed the cocoa onto your nose now! Did you look in the mirror?" No, he had not! Kyle had just rushed into the cold bathroom, grabbed a towel and rubbed a bit at his face. When he looked in the mirror, he laughed like mad! He looked so silly.
This is what happens when we look into the mirror of God's Word. We can think we are pretty good, and that we have no messy wrong doing mucking up our lives. But when we look into God's mirror, which shows us what we really look like, we know that we have dirty faces! You might say to your-self, "I was right in getting cross with Dad, he is so bossy all the time! I want to do my own thing." But then you look into God's mirror and it says, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." ( Ephesians 6:1). Now you can see that you have a "dirty face" all right! And you have to make things right with God. Or you might think it is O.K. to tell a "little white lie." Your teacher says, "were you cheating? Did you look at someone else's work book?" You know you did, but you say, "no I didn't." and you think that it was just a little white lie. But you look into God's mirror and it says, "Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds," ( Colossians 3:9). Now you know you have a "dirty face".
Yes, God's word is like a mirror and we should always look in it to see what we are really like. It is more than a book that gives us know-ledge that can make us smart or clever. It can make us smart in God's ways, and clever in God's commands. And that kind of clever ness changes our lives so much that we grow to be like Jesus.
"But we all ...are trans-formed accord-ing to the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord the Spirit." ( 11 Corinthians 3:18).
See you again next time.
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