Preschool Devotions

All for You—Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve

Follow Me

In the world of social media you can like, comment, share, repin, or retweet the people whom you follow. To follow someone takes on a whole new meaning in social media. When you follow a person or become a friend, it means you keep up with that person. Their posts come into your newsfeed, and you can see what the person has been up to. Sometimes it is mundane day-to-day happenings, such as a photo of a plate of their food at a restaurant. Other times you learn exciting news about the person you follow, like where they are on vacation or the arrival of a new baby.

Follow Him

Follow Him

Do you remember playing the game “follow the leader”? Perhaps you still play the game with your  Mission Friends. To play the game, you have to imitate every move that the leader makes. This means that in order to stay in the game, you have to keep your eyes on the leader and observe her actions very carefully.

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34, NIV1).

Jesus said that in order to be his disciples, we are to follow Him. To follow Him, we must keep our eyes on Him and carefully observe His actions and His attitudes and His words. While we cannot physically see Jesus with our eyes, the Bible gives us a beautiful record of His life and His instructions to us.

All for You—Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve

Two tickets

Two little paper tickets are a reminder to me of the meaning of sacrificial giving. The 2 tickets were given to me several months ago by one of my Mission Friends. The tickets have the outline of a mouse printed on them, and these are tickets to play games at a kid-friendly pizza place. One night in Mission Friends not long after his birthday, one of our preschoolers reached into his pocket and brought out the tickets. As he handed the tickets to me, he told me that he wanted to give the tickets to me. This was right at the time when we collected money in our banks for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®. We were talking about the importance of giving. Through my conversation with him about the tickets, I realized that this was his gift of something of value to him. Though the tickets say, “No cash value,” they were of value to this preschooler. He was willing to give up something that he valued.

Walk the Path Laid out for You

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”(Mark 8:34 NIV1).

“You are not being smart; this makes no sense!” “We’ll love you even if you’re not successful.” “How can you leave a profitable career for the ministry? You won’t make as much money. You might have to give up your house. Really, this is all just stupid.” We heard all of these comments and more as my husband prepared to leave a successful business in surrender to God’s call to ministry. We knew that no matter what men said, we would submit to God’s purpose for our lives. Because of Christ’s example, we had faith that full surrender to God’s purpose, taking up your cross, ultimately brings victory in His kingdom.

All for You—Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve How We Know What Love Is

“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’” (Mark 8:34 NIV1).

Deny yourself. Those are strong words. Not at all what we want to hear. Not in our all-for-ourselves culture. When you hear these hard teachings, aren’t you thankful that Jesus never asked us to do anything that He was not willing to do Himself? Because of His willingness to deny Himself and lay down His life, we know what love, true love, looks like:

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and truth” (1 John 3:16).

All for You—Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve Devotion

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves” (Mark 8:34). What does it mean in the culture of today to deny ourselves? We live in a world that is all about me and what I can get. A look at commercials and ads shows us that in order to be somebody, we need to have the latest and greatest phone, car, tablet, or make-up. To deny ourselves seems counter to what we encounter in today’s world.

All for You Devotion

For having only three letters, all is such a big word. Jesus used the word all when he said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). Even though it is a small word, it means giving to God our everything. Not just parts or pieces of our lives, but our whole lives. As we begin the new WMU® emphasis of All for You, consider what it means to you to give your all for God. The emphasis title represents a prayer that we are speaking to God as if we are saying, “I give my all for you, Lord.”

In her book, Secrets to Surrender: Living Wholeheartedly, Debby Akerman explores what it means to live out our lives in an all-for-you way. She asks the question, “Do I follow Jesus wholeheartedly?” We are encouraged to ask this question of ourselves. As you ponder her question, also consider Jesus’ words about following Him: “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).


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