7-8 grade devotion by Melanie: Building Our Lives On Jesus

Everyone knows the story of The Three Little Pigs, right? Well here is my version. Their mother kicks them out so they can build their own homes. The first one builds his house out of hay, the second one builds his house out of sticks, and the third one builds his house out of bricks. When a hungry wolf sees the first pig, he wants to eat him. He asks to come in his home. When the first declines, the wolf blows down his house and eats the first pig. The wolf is still hungry so he goes and finds the second pig. He asks to come in dressed as a pig. The pig, thinking the wolf was a pig, let him in. The wolf ate him too. Still hungry, the wolf finds the third pig. He asks to come in, but the third pig won’t let him in. The wolf tries to blow down the brick house but fails horribly. The third pig is safe.

We are the pigs. We set off to build our lives in faith. We can build it in many ways. Jesus is the bricks. However, we usually want to build with straw, hay, and sticks. Those things are money, our strength, and our intelligence.  The wolf is like sin. If we build our lives on money, our strength, and our intelligence sin will blow it away and we will die. If we build our lives on Jesus, sin can’t hurt us and we are safe. Sin tries to take us away from Jesus.

Matthew 7: 24-27 (ESV), Jesus tells a parable. “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Questions:

What do you build your life on?

Which little pig are you?

Would you answer the door and let the wolf in?

Does sin wash you away?

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