The centurion had faith that Jesus could heal his servant without even coming to his home. He recognized Jesus’ power and authority. What was Jesus’ response to the centurion’s faith? Matthew tells us that Jesus was amazed.
Spend some time today showing God respect:
Pray: Name some things you LOVE about God. Write down the things God has done for you. Thank God for all of those!
Praise: Ask an adult to help you play your favorite songs that remind you about God’s goodness. Think about the words as you sing and lift your voice to God in praise.
Have you ever hiked to the top of a mountain and looked out over the view? Ever seen the ocean waves crash into the shore? Imagine the power and creativity it took to shape those mountain peaks or fill that ocean with sea creatures.
God did that. And because God made it all, God is worthy to receive all honor, glory and respect.
Grab a piece of paper and, if it’s not too cold, head outside. Draw something beautiful you see that God made. Write today’s verse along the bottom of your masterpiece and hang it up somewhere so your whole family can see it this week.
Sometimes our thinking is backwards, and we believe that all good things happen because of us. A wise person understands that everything you are and everything you have comes from God. When you stop and remember to say, “Thank you, God” for all the good stuff instead of thinking you did it all by yourself, you show your respect for God.
Speaking of backwards, can you identify what’s wrong with the verse below? Write it out the right way in the space below.
33:15: sbrevorP “.deronoh eb ot tnaw uoy fi duorp eb t’nod oS .droL eht rof tcepser evah ot uoy sehcaet modsiW”
Ask God to help you turn your thinking around. Choose to show God respect.
When you obey your parents who love you, or listen to a trusted teacher or coach and follow their instructions, how does it make them feel? By obeying, you show that you trust that their way is best and that the rules they have in place are there to protect you. You show your respect when you listen and follow their instructions.
The same is true for showing respect to God. We can learn about God through the Bible. And in the Bible, we can also learn how God wants us to live through the stories of how people experienced God throughout history.
What is God asking you to do today? What is God teaching you? Pray and ask God to help you make the wise choice and show respect.
As your kid starts their day, ask: “What is something you need God’s help with this week?” And when they answer, tell them you’ll be praying for them and that situation.