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Mary’s Disciple

Daily Devotional for July 24, 2014

Read: Luke 9:23-26

"Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb . . ." Kelli stopped singing as she entered the kitchen. "Hi, Mom," she said. "I'm going to do my Sunday school lesson right now, and then I want to go play with Josie. Okay?"

"Sounds fine," agreed Mom.

Kelli resumed her song as she went to her room and got out her Sunday school book. "It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day . . ." Then there was silence as Kelli got busy with her work.

Soon the song began again. "It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play . . ." In the kitchen, Mom smiled as the singing got louder. A minute later, Kelli stood in the doorway. "I'm all done, Mom," she said, grinning at her mother. "Mary had a good disciple, didn't she?"

Mom raised her brows. "A good what?" she asked.

"A good disciple. My Sunday school lesson is about Jesus' twelve disciples. It says a disciple is a follower--and Mary's lamb followed her wherever she went," explained Kelli. "The lamb was a good disciple."

Mom laughed. "I guess you're right," she said. "Like the song says, the lamb was so eager to be with Mary that it even followed her to school. And it didn't seem to be bothered by the children's laughter or jokes."

"No." Kelli shook her head as she thought about it. "We should follow Jesus like that, shouldn't we? Even if kids at school think we're weird."

"You're right about that," agreed Mom. "All of us who know Jesus--whether we're kids or adults--should closely follow Him.We should do what He wants us to do no matter what other people think."Mom gave Kelli a hug. "Thanks for sharing that good lesson, honey."

Kelli stood thoughtfully beside the door. Then she gave a happy little skip. "I'm going over to Josie's now, Mom. I'll tell her about being Jesus' disciple and see if she wants to come with me to Sunday school tomorrow."

"Okay," agreed Mom. "That's a good idea."

Do your classmates laugh if you talk about Jesus? Do they think you’re a little strange when you bow your head and pray before you eat your lunch? Does anyone call you a goody-goody because you go to church and Sunday school regularly? Be a good disciple—a good follower—of Jesus. Do the things that please Him, no matter what anyone says.

If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
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