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Lesson from a Little Brother

Daily Devotional for August 4, 2015

Read: Psalm 71:15-18; 1 Peter 2:9

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

"Little kids are so funny!" Tyson was laughing as he came into the kitchen. "Jared and his friend Bradley are playing war. They're upstairs building a bunker in the bathtub--filling it with pillows. We better be careful, Dad! According to them, there are bombers overhead, submarines all around the house, and tanks roaring up the street!"

Dad chuckled. "I see what you mean," he said.

"But get this, Dad!" exclaimed Tyson. "I was standing outside the bathroom, and I heard Jared say, Are you going to heaven, Bradley?' And Bradley said, I don't know.' Then Jared said, We could die in this battle, and it's real important to know you're going to heaven when you die. So repeat after me!' And, Dad, he led Bradley in a prayer to accept Jesus."

"That's amazing!" said Dad with a smile. "Good for him!"

"But, Dad! The danger isn't even real!" protested Tyson.

"Well, the war they're preparing for in the bathtub certainly isn't real," agreed Dad, "but I'm proud my little boy loves his friend enough to want him to be safe . . . even in a bathtub war. Jared's right--it is important to know you're going to heaven. Any one of us could die at any time."

"That's true," Tyson admitted. "I guess you can learn things from a little brother. I know I should do a better job of talking to my friends about God." He frowned. "I've invited Scott to our church youth group, but I don't think I've ever asked him straight out if he's saved. I guess I should talk to him about it, but I'm not sure how to get started."

"Why don't you start by talking to God about it?" Dad suggested. "I'll do that, too. Then come back and we'll see what ideas we can come up with."

Tyson nodded. "Okay. Thanks, Dad," he said. He started to leave, then turned back. "But what about Bradley?" he asked. "Do you think he's really saved now?"

"I don't know," said Dad. "If he truly believes in Jesus, he is. I'll talk to him about it and make sure he understands who Jesus is and that he can know he's going to heaven."

Do you know if your friends are going to heaven? You may think your friends will live a long time, and hopefully that’s true, but you can never be certain of that. Make sure your friends know they need Jesus today. Let them know you want them to be in heaven with you! (See the ABCs of Salvation on page 109.)

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 71:15 (KJV)
My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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