Imagine Devotional Day One

Day 1 – Showing The World What God Is Like

The Verse:

Matthew 5:16:  “…let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

The Illustration:

A preacher moved to a new town, and, a few weeks after he arrived, he had occasion to ride the bus from his home into downtown. When he paid the fare and sat down in his seat, he discovered the driver had accidentally given him a quarter. It was too much change.

As the preacher considered what to do, he thought to himself, “Give the quarter back, it would be wrong to keep it.” Then he thought, “Oh, forget about it, it’s only a quarter.  It’s too small an amount to worry about. The bus fare is too high anyway; they’ll never miss it.”

When he came to his stop, the preacher paused for a moment at the door. Then he handed the quarter to the bus driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.” The driver smiled and said, “Aren’t you the new preacher in town?

I’ve never gone before, but lately I’ve been thinking about going to church.  I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change.”

When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he grabbed the nearest light pole and sank to his knees sobbing. “O God,” he cried, “I almost sold your Son for a quarter!”

The Application:

Say: “What people who don’t know Jesus think of Him will usually be determined by what they think of those of us who do know Jesus.”

First, ask each family member if they think that this truth should affect the choices they make each day and how they live their lives.

Secondly, ask each family member if they can think of a time when they had the opportunity to do the wrong thing but chose to do the right thing instead. Explain that if they ever have done that, they were obeying what Jesus said in Matthew 5:16.

The Quote:

“Do all the good you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can.  To all the people you can. As long as you can.”  – John Wesley

The Prayer:

“Father, help us to always remember that the people in our world are watching us every day and that what they see in us will determine what they think of You.”