Devotional plan for the week following Sunday, November 8

Our life in God's Kingdom must be lived as family - not just individual.  God planned from eternity past to bring us into His Kingdom as much loved sons and daughters who together form His family.  We are to live out the Kingdom Family reality first and foremost with our natural family.  Our families are to function as "little churches" - Kingdom communities following Jesus' way of life.  But we have also become family with all who have entered the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus.  We are to live our Father's Kingdom way of life with our brothers and sisters.  Therefore, the "Church" is to function as a larger family, rather than an assembly of individuals. 


Daily Scripture Reading:

Monday, November 9: Deuteronomy 6:1-9 

As the Israelites prepared to enter the Promised Land, God instructed the people through Moses concerning the way of life He wanted them to live.  God desired (and still desires) generation after generation to know the One true God and His ways.  This faith is passed on through corporate worship at the Temple and instruction in the home.  Consider what the Israelites prayed in the home every day.  What is significant about those words?  Consider when and where they were to pass on God's words.  How is God and His ways part of your way of life in the home?


Tuesday, November 10: Ephesians 6:1-4

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul gives much instruction about life in the larger church as well as how to follow Jesus in the home.  Instead of only teaching the parent, he directly addressed the children as well, which was uncommon for that time.  What reasons does he give for calling the children to obey their parents?  What instructions does he give fathers in specific (parents in general principle) about parenting?  Why do you think relationships in the home are so important to God?


Wednesday, November 11: Ephesians 1:3-5

We learn some amazing things in this passage about why we intrinsically know that family is so important.  The God of the universe is a good Father.  He has planned from the very beginning to adopt His children into His family at a great cost to Himself.  He not only paid to bring us into His family, but He has lavished every spiritual blessing upon His dearly loved children.  What causes you to doubt these truths?  If you truly believed them, how might you live differently?


Thursday, November 12: Luke 15:11-32

In this famous story, Jesus corrects our misconceptions about the heart of God.  He reveals that God is more loving and more committed to His children than we can fathom.  Jesus also shows us how we distrust our Father.  Sometimes our distrust looks like the actions of the younger son.  We run away from God and break His rules because we think life is better "in a far off land."  Other times, we are more like the older son.  We try to be good and dutiful, but we are loveless toward our brothers and Fathers.  Thankfully, we have a Father who is looking for both kinds of sons and calling both to His banquet table.



Friday, November 13: Hebrews 2:10-18

God chose to "bring many children into glory" through the work of our "elder brother" Jesus.  Think about the story we read yesterday.  What was the elder brother in that story like?  How did he view his younger brother?  How is Jesus different?  Have you ever thought of Jesus as your older brother?  How might this view affect your relationship with Him?