Family Devotion: God looks at the heart

1 Sam 16:7  The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

Here is a great little lesson that you can use to help your kids understand that it is what is on the inside that counts. Sometimes having a spiritual conversation seems intimidating, but as a parent or a leader it doesn’t have to be that way.

The best kind of spiritual conversations with your kids are those that happen naturally, and this lesson is one that you can plan ahead, so it will be very natural for you.

The setup:

The next time you get a dozen donuts, be sure to get a few different jelly donuts.

Show several jelly donuts.  They all look the same from the outside, but the inside is very different.  We call them all donuts, but we tell them apart by what is inside.  You can guess what kind of donut it is, but without seeing what is inside you can’t tell what kind of jelly is inside.

Spiritual application:

It doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside.  We can act like we are friends with someone, but on the inside we don’t like the person and we make fun of them later.  We can pretend to have Jesus in our life, but when we are away from church we can lie and disobey.  A person may be able to fool other people about what they have inside of them, but God looks on the inside, when people look on the outside.


Since you are interested in spiritual conversations with your kids, here are a few other posts you will find helpful

How to lay a spiritual foundation in your kids

Family Devotion time: Resist the devil



What do you think? What is your approach to family devotions? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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