Judging Hearts – heart & scales – Let me tell you a story about how Jesus judges hearts. Jesus and his disciples observed a priest and a sinner praying at the temple.
Self Righteous – priest, flag, serpent – The priest thought God favored him because of his obedience. Deceived by pride, he glorified himself. This spiritual leader was wicked.
Powerful Humility – sorrowful man & flame – The Holy Spirit moved in the tax collector’s heart. He knew he needed forgiveness, and he begged for mercy. His heart was holy.
Kingdom Come – praising man, flame, house, cloud, crown – God’s kingdom reigns in the sinner’s heart and home. Jesus said that God punishes the prideful and honors the merciful.
The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.
- Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
- Tell the story with the drawings.
- Draw my own pictures to illustrate the story.
- Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
- Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking me to do next?
- Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
- Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.
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