Treasure Text: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much […]
Published on: 11-01-2018
Treasure Text: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, NIV).
Gemma actually loved making things for people and being helpful at home and at school. But sometimes she just didn’t feel like helping, and she sometimes felt that she made the wrong choices when people made her feel angry or sad. She said that she tried really hard at times, but it didn’t seem to make any difference. She wondered if treasures in the Bible would help her love people more, and help her make the right decisions.
Grandma assured her that everybody makes mistakes, and that the treasures we read about in the Bible can help. The first Bible treasure to remember is that even though we don’t feel any different, we just need to keep on reading the Bible. Jesus told His disciples that it works like a grapevine: As long as the branches (we) are connected to the vine (Jesus), the grapevine will keep producing lovely grapes (John 15:5). So every day we need to connect with Jesus through reading the Bible. This connection helps us act more like Jesus and make the right decisions every day. When the grapevine bears fruit, others will enjoy eating it too. When we bear Bible-treasure fruit, we can be a blessing to others.
Like the story that Gemma remembered from the Bible about a young Israelite slave girl who told her master about God’s healing power when he was sick. Because she cared and shared her knowledge of God that she had from Bible treasures, her master, Captain Naaman, was healed. You can read this story treasure in 2 Kings 5:1-14.
Grandma explained that all the good things we do come from Jesus, and that we should thank Him for helping us. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4, NIV).
Gemma really wanted to be like Jesus. Grandma explained that it takes a lifetime to be like Him, and it’s only through our daily reading and prayer that we grow little by little: “And we are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV).
Stay connected to Jesus through reading His words and He will give you His heart, His voice, His hands and His feet so that we can share His love with others.
Let’s Talk If you could spend a day with Jesus, what would you talk about? Where would you go? What would you do?
Let’s Pray Ask Jesus to send someone to you today with whom you can share some of the treasure words you have discovered in the Bible.
Let’s Make Study the lifecycle of a monarch butterfly or a frog. Notice the big changes that are made by God’s power. We also have this power to change when we ask for it and are connected to Jesus through the Bible.