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Little by Little

Daily Devotional for September 22, 2014

Read: 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Cody turned over to avoid the sunlight coming through the window and snuggled back down under the covers. Then he suddenly remembered he was at his grandparents' farm for a weeklong visit. Quickly, he jumped out of bed, got dressed, and went to the kitchen where Grandma was fixing breakfast.

"Grandpa is doing chores," said Grandma as she gave Cody a hug, "but I think there's enough time for you to have your devotions before he comes in for breakfast. Did you bring the devotional book we sent you?"

Cody felt embarrassed. "I forgot it," he confessed.

"Have you been reading it?" Grandma asked.

"Well . . . ah-h-h . . . I read the stories quite often," replied Cody.

"How about the daily Scripture passage?" Grandma asked. "That's the most important part. It helps you grow as a Christian."

Cody shrugged. "I never see that it makes any differenceif I read it or not."

"Hm-m-m," murmured Grandma. "By the way, when Grandpa comes in for breakfast, do you want to eat, too, Cody?"

"I sure do! I'm hungry!" Cody grinned. He remembered the yummy meals his grandma made.

"Okay," said Grandma. "Did you eat yesterday?"

"Sure," replied Cody, surprised by the question.

"Well," Grandma said, "if you had food yesterday, you must be bigger now than when you got here." She looked at him closely. "Stand up so I can see how tall you are now."

"Bigger?" asked Cody. "What do you mean? Why would I be bigger?"

"If you ate yesterday, won't you have grown some?" Grandma asked.

"I . . . a tiny little bit maybe, but you can't see any difference from one day to the next," replied Cody. He was puzzled. "It takes time before you notice that you've grown."

Grandma nodded. "It's that way with spiritual food, too," she told Cody. "Do you know the song that says, Little by little, day by day, Jesus is changing me'? That's the way He does it. Don't stop having devotions even if you don't see immediate growth. Trust God to make you more like Jesus, little by little."

Cody was thoughtful as he greeted Grandpa, who had just come in.

Are you praying, reading God’s Word, and obeying it? Does it seem like nothing is happening as a result? Growth may be slow at times, but when you regularly read God’s Word and put it into practice in your life, you will be a growing Christian—becoming more mature spiritually. So faithfully spend time with God. He’ll help you grow and will change you little by little, day by day.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 2 Peter 3:18 (KJV)
Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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