Imagine Devotional Day Seven

The Verse:

Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

The Illustration:

A father had just settled into his recliner one afternoon after church, looking forward to reading his Sunday paper, when his five-year-old son Bobby came running into the room.  “Daddy! Daddy!” said the little boy, “Can you play with me now?”

The father tried to be gentle in his response to his son. “Bobby, Daddy wants to read his paper for a little while. But if you will come back in twenty minutes, I’ll play with you.” Though he was not happy about having to wait, Bobby left the room so his father could read the paper.

Since Bobby was too young to tell time, he was back in just a matter of minutes. “Daddy, can we play now?” “Not now, Bobby,” said the father. “Don’t bother me until I’m finished with my paper.”  Bobby left the room again to wait. But before his father could even get to the sports pages, Bobby returned.

He stuck his head up under his father’s paper and said, “Daddy, can we please play now?” The father realizing he would never get a moment’s peace without giving in looked on the floor and noticed that there was a full page map of the world included in his newspaper.

Bobby’s dad reached for the scissors on his desk and proceeded to cut the map into about twenty pieces. Leading his son to the kitchen table, he told Bobby to put together the puzzle of the world as the first of their afternoon games.

“When you finish the puzzle, then I’ll play with you,” the father promised. He knew it would take his son a long time to put the puzzle together, and that would give him plenty of time to read his paper.  But not five minutes had passed when Bobby flew back into the room. “Daddy, I’m though with the puzzle! What can we play next?”

“What? You’re finished already?” asked the father.  He got up from his chair and went into the kitchen to look. Sure enough, the puzzle was complete with every piece in its proper place. “Bobby, how did you ever do this so fast? Where did you learn how to do this?” Asked the father in amazement. “It was easy, Daddy,” said Bobby. “You see, on the back of the map of the world was a picture of a man. I put the man together first, and, when I did that, the world seemed to fit right into place!”

 The Application:

Say: “When we put God first place in our lives, everything else in our world falls into its proper place, just like the little boy’s puzzle.”

Read Matthew 6:25, 31-32 to your family: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food or the body more important than clothes? So do not worry, saying, ’What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For even the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

Say: “Jesus commanded us three times in Matthew 6:25-34 not to worry.” Ask each family member to share what the things are that they worry about.

Say: “Jesus also asked the question in this passage, ‘Why do you worry…?’ Ask your family to share why they believe they worry.

Next say: “Do you think that trusting God and believing Matthew 6:33 would help us not to worry as much?”

Encourage your family to memorize Matthew 6:33 together.

The Quote:

“When you worry about what you don’t have, you won’t be able to enjoy what you do have.”  – Charles Swindoll

The Prayer:

“Father, please show us ways to put you first in our lives and help us to trust You, and You alone, to meet our needs.”