Transformed – teen devotion – November 19, 2017

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
2 Timothy 1:5

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it.
2 Timothy 3:14

Thank you, God, for faith sharers.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease the pan, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla; stir in the cake flour, pour it into the pan and bake for 75 minutes. I remember doing that as a kid. I was interested in how to make more than PB&J, so I listened, watched, and learned. Now I take that knowledge and continue to hone my skills. I still love to bake today; I love to build on what I learned as a child in the kitchen.

It’s fun when you can continue to do the things you were taught when you were little. It’s fun to build on what you learned from the important people in your life.

My parents taught me a lot of other things too. I worked on our cars and built computers. I planted a garden and learned to do the laundry. I learned habits too—like patience, compassion, and hard work. Most importantly, my parents taught me about Jesus. I say “most importantly” because if they had not shared Jesus with me, who would have?

Maybe you have had some of the same thoughts. Maybe you’ve thought something like this: “If so and so wouldn’t have shared the good about Jesus, would I have ever learned about my God and my Savior?”

The good news is that many of you do know who Jesus is because someone told you about the need for a Savior and Jesus, the solution. Maybe it was a pastor, a teacher, a friend, parents, or another family member. Maybe you’re just starting to hear about Jesus from these devotions. All of that is God’s work in your life, sending faith-sharers to help you know who Jesus is.

So, remember to take the apostle Paul’s words to heart and continue to grow in what you have learned. Keep growing so that you can be that person who shares Jesus with someone else. In the meantime, say “Thank you, God” for bringing me Jesus through my own personal faith-sharer.

Here’s this week’s challenge: Identify who God used to tell you about Jesus. Send them a text, or write them a note to say “Thank you for telling me about Jesus.”

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending ___________ into my life to share the good news about Jesus. Through your Word and sacrament, I have the greatest treasure ever given to me. Amen.

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