Whooo Are You? - a free devotion for kids

Pretend I don’t know you. Suppose I asked . . . (point at a specific child and say), “Who are you?”

Ask several children this same question, encouraging them to give both their first and last names. Then ask about the names of siblings and parents, encouraging two or three volunteers to answer.

Our names are important. They tell who we are. But often, our names don’t give enough information. (Point to one of your volunteers.) You are (name). But you are also the son/daughter of (names) and the brother/sister of (names).

I am (name). I am the son/daughter of (names). I am also the brother/sister of (names).

We all have earthly parents. Many of us also have earthly brothers or sisters or both. When someone asks, “Who are you?” we can use our name and tell about our earthly family.

But we also have a heavenly family. The Bible says:

You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26 NLT).

God gives us our moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas to take care of us here on earth. But God never stops being our heavenly Father!

God gives us brothers and sisters here on earth. If you have brothers and sisters, I hope they are your best friends. But Jesus never stops being our Brother and our Best Friend Ever!

Who are you? You are a child of God! Jesus is your Brother and Friend! Say it with me: I am a child of God. Jesus is my Brother and Friend.

Now, listen to that Bible verse again:

You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26 NLT).

“You are all children of God.” If I’m a child of God and you’re (point to a child) a child of God, then we both belong to the family of God. You’re my brother/sister because we both believe in Jesus, our Savior. (Repeat this paragraph two or three times, pointing to different children each time.)

Do the people in your families always get along? Do they ever say mean things to each other or hurt one another? Sadly, hurting sometimes happens in every earthly family. Sadly, hurting sometimes happens in God’s family here on earth, too. We sometimes say and do hurtful things in God’s family and in our earthly families.

Those sad, hurtful things we say and do are what the Bible calls “sin.” Sin is a terrible problem. It hurts people, and it breaks relationships. When we are hurt by the sins of others, we often get angry. When someone hurts us, we want to hurt him or her back. Or we want to just walk away. We want to say, “You hurt me. You can’t be my brother, my sister, my friend anymore!”

Sin brings anger and hurt. God does not want any of those things in his family - or in our families. God knew you and I could not fix this sin problem. The sin problem is way, way, WAY too big! That’s why God fixed it for us. How did God fix our sin problem? (Let one or two volunteers comment.)

Yes, our Brother Jesus came into our world. He came to die on the cross in our place. Because Jesus died for us, we can belong to God’s forever family by faith.

Who are you? You are a child of God by faith in Jesus. You are a member of God’s family. (Repeat these last two sentences several times as you point to individual children.)

Let’s pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us faith in our Savior, Jesus, and for making us members of your family here on earth. Keep each of us filled with faith until the day we become members of your forever family in heaven. Teach us to show your love every day to each of our brothers and sisters. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is the Ministry Message that accompanies one of CTA’s brand-new fall festival themes Whooo Are You? The theme’s artwork features a friendly owl who is eager to tell children about their heavenly Father. Be sure to take advantage of the FREE event outline in the Resource & Idea Center!

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