I will choose to live like Jesus!
We intend to to what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of people. 2 Corinthians 8:21 GW
Abram, and his nephew Lot had much wealth. In fact, they had so much wealth the land could not support both of them living near each other. Each one of them had many flocks, herds of cattle, and sheep, and they had many people who served them. There was not enough room on the land for everything they both owned. Everyone was competing for land which caused a lot of fighting between the. The people who worked for Abram were getting into arguments with those who worked for Lot. Abram and Lot decided to separate so the feuding would stop. Abram told Lot that he could choose where he wanted to live first and then whatever place was left, Abram said he would take. lot chose first and he chose the best area in the land - the area of land that he really wanted. After Lot had made his choice, Abram took the land that was left, which was called Canaan. Abram intended to do what was right in God's sight by giving Lot the first choice of the land. Abram was right in the sight of the Lord and in the sight of others. He showed maturity by thinking of God and others first, then himself. (This story is found in Genesis 13:2-18 NIV)
Do your part to live in peace with everyone!
Do your part to live in peace with everyone! Romans 12:18a NLT
David was trying to get away from King Saul because King Saul wanted to hurt David. One time, Saul and his army were looking for David and they were closer than they knew. David and his men were resting in the back of a cave in which Saul decided to take a rest. David's men were excited! This was David's chance to stop Saul from hurting them, but David decided that is was not right to hurt his king. Instead, David crept up and cut off a piece of Saul's robe. David was going to show King Saul that he could have hurt or captured him, but had chosen not to. David told his men that he would not allow them to hurt Saul. As the king was leaving the cave, David called out to him. David faced the surprised king, bowed down to him and then asked the king why he was trying to hurt him. David held up a piece of Saul's robe that was cut off and told him that if he had wanted to hurt him he could have. David told King Saul that he was an innocent man. Saul called David his son and was so moved that he began to cry. He gave David a blessing and claimed that he knew that one day David would be king. He asked David to promise that he would not hurt the rest of his family when David did become king, and David gave Saul his word that he would not hurt any of his family. This story is found in 1 Samuel 21:1-22 CEV
I will put others first!
All of you must serve each other with humility, because God opposes the arrogant but favors the humble. 1 Peter 5:5b GW
Jesus and his friends were getting ready to have a special dinner together. The roads were hot and dusty, and everyone usually wore sandals. When Jesus and his friends came to the house for the special meal, their feet were very dirty. They needed to be washed. Usually, there was someone in the house that would wash all of the guests' feet. Well, it was Jesus who got up and wrapped a towel around his waist. He poured water into a large bowl and began to wash each of the disciples' feet. Peter felt that he should be washing Jesus' feet, not Jesus washing his feet. But Jesus asked his disciples, "Do you understand why I am doing this? You call me teacher and Lord, and you are right, I am. So if your teacher and Lord is washing your feet, you should do the same for others. I am setting an example for you to follow, an example of humbly serving others regardless of how important you think you are. You know these things, don't you? God will bless you if you do them." (This story is found in John 13:4-5 & 12-17 CEV)
I will be a good example of living like Jesus!
Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope. 1 Peter 3:15 CEV
For three and a half years, there was a drought in the land of Israel. God told Elijah, a prophet, to confront King Ahab. Elijah told King Ahab that the trouble that had come upon Israel was because of Ahab’s family. They had stopped following God and were worshipping Baal, a made-up person that the people called god, but really wasn’t. Elijah told the king to gather all the people on Mount Carmel. Included were hundreds of people who said they were prophets of Baal. Elijah told the people that the must decide who was the one true God was and to follow Him. Elijah had a plan and asked for two bulls to be sacrificed. Elijah and the prophets of Baal each tool a bull to be sacrificed on the altars made of wood, but Elijah instructed everyone to not burn the sacrifice of bulls. Instead, he told the prophets of the pretend god Baal to try and ask Baal to bring fire down and burn the sacrifice. They shouted out and danced and made all kinds of noise, but no fire came down. Elijah teased them and said that their pretend god must be sleeping or busy. In the evening, Elijah prepared for his turn. He had a trench dug around the water and poured several barrels of water onto the wooden altar and sacrifice. The bull and the altar were soaked with water. Then Elijah prayed. Suddenly, fire came down from the heavens and burned up not only the sacrifice, but also even the water! The people then cried out that the Lord was the true God! Elijah was a great example of someone who followed God. (This story is found in 1 Kings 18:17-39 CEV)
I will treasure Jesus and be content with what I have!
The love of money causes all kids of trouble.
1 Timothy 6:10 CEV
As Jesus and his disciples were walking along the road, a young man ran up to him and knelt down in front of him. He asked Jesus, “Good teacher, what should I do to have eternal life?” Jesus then told the man to obey these commandments: Do not hurt others, do not steal or lie, do not cheat, and honor your mother and father. The man told Jesus that he had followed all of these commandments his whole life. Jesus loved this man very much. Jesus told him that he needed to do one more thing. He told the man to sell everything that he had, give the money to the poor, and follow Him. When the man heard this, he went away very sad. He went away sad because he had many valuable things. It would have been very hard for him to give everything up because he loved those things more than anything else in the world, including Jesus. (This story is found in Mark 10:17-22 GW)