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Dressed for Work

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How are my favorite Superkids doing? This is still early in the new year, but I know that you are seeing things change all around you, as you’re hanging out with Jesus.
 
Last month we decided to be about our Father’s kingdom business! That’s a huge thought for a kid. Where do I start? Who tells me what to do? What’s my first job? Jesus had to figure all this out too.
 
Where Do We Start?
When you start working for a company, one of the first things they tell you is what to wear. You may have a company shirt with your name on it or a name badge that tells customers who you are. You’ve seen this when you go into a store. It’s easy to see who can help you when they have a shirt with the name of the company on it. I guess the place to start is dressing right for work! Don’t worry, Superkid, I’m not talking about wearing a dress or a suit all the time! The clothes you wear don’t tell people that you work for the Lord. There is something else that acts like a bright red T-shirt with I BELONG TO JESUS in big letters on the front AND back. Jesus tells us what it is in John 13:34-35, New International Reader’s Version: “I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you. If you love one another, everyone will know you are my disciples.”
 
If you want everyone to know who you work for, you have to wear your LOVE work clothes!
 
Colossians 3:12-14 says, “You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were your clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient. Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you. And over all these good things put on love.”
 
The love we have on the inside shows up to people on the outside! It causes us to be kind, humble, gentle and patient with others. They can see that we forgive. When the Word says “over all,” it’s telling us that these characteristics in our lives all come out of love.
 
Sometimes when people come home from work, the first thing they do is put on something more comfortable. Sadly, too many times we act just like that with our love clothes. We work hard all day to obey at school, be nice to our friends, make a good impression at church and then come home and get “comfortable” with the ones we love the most. The love of Jesus never stops loving. When you find yourself loving less Jesus-like, put your clothes back on! Love your parents, brothers and sisters. When it’s hard for me to love, I do two things.
 
FIRST, I switch from my love to the love of Jesus by saying, “Jesus, I love You with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and I love my neighbor (or my sister or brother) as myself.”
 
SECOND, I remind myself what the Jesus love clothes look like by reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. It does not dishonor other people. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs. Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.”
 

Love is the color of your work shirt. Don’t take it off when you get home—your family needs the love of Jesus coming from you. Your love clothes never need to be washed or mended because, Superkid, “Love never fails” (verse 8).

 
The love of God never fails—never fails you, never fails others. When we wear our Jesus clothes, people will see not only His love in us, they will begin to see HIM! His love flowing out of us to others, grows and grows as we spend time with the One who LOVES US!
 
Happy Valentine’s Day, Superkids. I hope I answered your question about where to start. Now Jesus wants me to ask YOU a very important Valentine question:

Will you be Mine?

 
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE,
Commander Kellie ♥

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The Family Business

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Interviewer: “So, what experience do you have that qualifies you for this job?”
 
Superkid: “None.”
 
I: “OK. What skills do you have?”
 
S: “Hmmm, I’m not really sure yet.”
 
I: “What is your current employment?”
 
S: “I play, talk to my friends, have fun. The pay’s not that good, but I go to school and learn stuff.”
 
I: “And how old are you?”
 
S: “I’m 12 years old.”
 
I: “Well, I don’t see much here to qualify you to work at Kingdom of God Adventures. Can anyone recommend you or give you a character reference? If not, I’ll have to look for someone else.”
 
S: “Oh, yes! I belong to Jesus! I am called by His Name! In fact, He’s the One who asked me to come work here!”
 
I: “Well! That’s all I need to know! You are fully qualified and officially HIRED!
 
Superkid, this is how I picture you being interviewed to work in the kingdom of God. I’m being funny, but seriously, knowing Jesus is the only qualification you need to work the best job in the universe! Let me tell you about a boy who worked for His Dad. He was your age when He really began to take His job seriously.
 
Many years ago, a young girl named Mary was visited by an angel of the Lord: “Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. You will become pregnant with a baby boy, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be supreme and will be known as the Son of the Highest” (Luke 1:30-32, The Passion Translation).
 
She was young and engaged to Joseph the carpenter. How could she become pregnant and how could He be the Son of God? Mary had many questions, but was willing to serve God in any way He asked. So she said, “Yes, Lord.”
 
Fast forward. Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, and all of heaven worshipped Him. Kings, shepherds and even animals bowed down before Him.
 
When Mary and Joseph took Jesus to be dedicated, lovers of God Simeon and Anna recognized Him as the Messiah they had been waiting for. They prophesied over Him, telling His parents all He would become and what He would do.
 
Simeon said, “‘With my own eyes I have seen your Word, the Savior you sent into the world. He will be glory for your people Israel, and the Revelation Light for all people everywhere!’ Mary and Joseph stood there, awestruck over what was being said about their baby” (2:31-33).
 
Simeon blessed Mary and Joseph and warned Mary of some difficult things she would face as Jesus’ mother. Anna sang choruses of praise to God. She left the Temple that day and never stopped telling people that their Savior had come.
 
Thanks to Simeon and Anna, Mary and Joseph truly realized Jesus was the Son of God. What was it like, raising God’s Son? What was their home like? What was life like for Jesus? Do you think Jesus was perfect? Did He like games and outdoor fun?
 
Talk with your family and explore such questions. Go even deeper and ask Jesus some other things. Here’s one: Did Jesus automatically know everything? Let’s talk about that. Jesus was human AND the Son of God. He lived in the earth as a human man, but he started as a human baby. Verse 40 tells us, “The child grew more powerful in grace, for he was being filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon him.”
 
If he GREW more in grace and He was BEING FILLED with wisdom then what does that mean? It means that Jesus wasn’t automatically everything He became. Jesus grew in these things, JUST LIKE YOU.
 
We can see in His Word how Jesus grew up. We see a snapshot of one of His early adventures in verses 41-46: “Every year Jesus’ parents went to worship at Jerusalem during the Passover festival. When Jesus turned twelve…” WAIT! 12? Jesus was 12? Of course, He was! I told you! Keep going…. “his parents took him to Jerusalem to observe the Passover, as was their custom. A full day after they began their journey home, Joseph and Mary realized that Jesus was missing. They had assumed he was somewhere in their entourage, but he was nowhere to be found. After a frantic search among relatives and friends, Mary and Joseph returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After being separated from him for three days, they finally found him in the temple, sitting among the Jewish teachers, listening to them and asking questions.”
 
Look at that, Superkid! Jesus wasn’t always talking and preaching. When He was a boy, He was listening and asking questions! He was learning about the Father, the Scriptures and His own calling. He was finding out who He was in His Father’s house! “His parents were shocked to find him there, and Mary scolded him, saying, ‘Son, your father and I have searched for you everywhere! We have been worried sick over not finding you. Why would you do this to us?’” (verse 48).
 
Jesus knew who HE was and it gave Him direction, focus and confidence. Verse 49 in the New King James Version says, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
 
His parents didn’t understand what He meant, but today we know Jesus came so His Father could have His lost children back. He depended on Jesus to save us, much as you and I do. Why? So we can hang out in the house of God, learn, ask questions, listen to our pastors, our teachers and parents like Jesus did. Most importantly, stay close to Jesus, ask HIM questions about His Word, about life.
 
This is what YOU are called to do! Verse 52 (TPT), “As Jesus grew, so did his wisdom and maturity. The favor of men increased upon his life, for he was loved greatly by God.” As you grow, your wisdom and maturity will increase, and YOU too can be about your Father’s business. He’s got an important job for YOU in the family business!
 
Pick up your Bible, Superkid. Everything you need to know is in this employee handbook, including your first assignment….
 
More on that later!
 
Commander Kellie ♥

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Holding Back Nothing!

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“This is my gift to You, Jesus. I give You ME! My life, my thoughts, 24/7, every beat of my heart, my skill, my talent, my good and my bad, my strengths and my weaknesses, I give to You now. My gift will be just as daily as Yours is, Jesus. If I begin to hold anything back from You, please show me and I will give it back.”
 
Merry Christmas, Superkids! This year of giving myself to Jesus has changed me! How about you? As we celebrate His birth, don’t let this become just a “Christmas story.” When we focus on Jesus, His Presence IN us becomes REAL!
 
December brings us to the “Amen” of our prayer for 2019.
 
If I begin to hold anything back from You, please show me and I will give it back.
We are going to live our lives with Jesus forever, never holding back, never quitting. When we make mistakes or mess up, we invite Jesus to show us and correct us, so we can quickly turn back to Him. Satan doesn’t want us to see the connection between correction and winning. He wants us to love to win but hate correction. That’s messed up! Hebrews 12 shares the key to focusing on Jesus, keeping this passion and love for Him alive, and keeping Him in our daily lives (see November 2019 CKC). Jesus is the best example of staying focused. He was called to save you and me! He did what the Father called Him to do and He didn’t look back. That’s the only way for us to live with passion and determination and do what God has called US to do.
 
The Word says in Hebrews 12 that to run OUR race, we must let go of every wound and sin that would try to hold us down and trip us up. Look at verse 2 in The Passion Translation: “We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”
 
Wow! Jesus faced the cross focused on YOU—on His love for you!
Think about that! During the worst agony of the cross, when people and all of hell were against Jesus, God helped Him stay focused on you. “So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures. After all, you have not yet reached the point of sweating blood in your opposition to sin” (verses 3-4).
 
Because Jesus stayed focused on us, we can stay focused on Him. Even when it was really hard, He kept going, so you can keep going. Going to the Cross was so hard He sweat blood, but He didn’t give in and cave under pressure! Why? So YOU can keep going and refuse to give up and cave in.
 
Surprisingly, Hebrews 12 tells us that this is just the wonderful correction of the Father. Whaaaat, Commander Kellie? You heard me! The Father helped Jesus stick to His calling and Jesus helps you stick with yours, all by correcting your steps. Can you win a race if you step off the track?
 
“And have you forgotten his encouraging words spoken to you as his children?
He said, ‘My child, don’t underestimate the value of the discipline and training of the Lord God, or get depressed when he has to correct you. For the Lord’s training of your life is the evidence of his faithful love. And when he draws you to himself, it proves you are his delightful child’” (verses 5-6).
 
Superkid, Jesus doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He gave His life to be perfect FOR us. He asks for the right to correct us, so we can have the life He fought for, bought and paid for. He didn’t change His mind when it was tough. He stayed focused on YOU.
 
Think about this: When the Father sent Jesus to live among us, ALL the love of the Father came with Him. Imagine being the Father and sending Your Son to earth to live among a people You had created, but who didn’t love You. Yet, the Father gave the world the most precious gift heaven had when He gave Jesus. He could have changed His mind when Jesus was on the cross, BUT HE DIDN’T. God turned His face away from Jesus and FOCUSED on YOU while His Son was in hell, paying the ultimate price for you and me to belong to the family of God.
 
One more encouragement from Hebrews 12:28-29: “Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights his heart as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe.  For our God is a holy, devouring fire!”
 
Superkid, we have chosen full surrender. We live in this holy fire of Jesus! Make this declaration with me: “I have given my life to Jesus, fully and freely. I will NEVER hold anything back. I love my Savior’s correction because I belong to HIM. I AM NEVER GOING TO CHANGE MY MIND or go back to the way I used to think!”
 
Merry Christmas, ME! And Merry Christmas to Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit! And a Merry Christmas to all!
 
Commander Kellie ♥
 
Idea: Make your own book out of 2019 Commander Kellie’s Corner, beginning with December 2018. Add your own thoughts and journal pages. If you are reading Commander Kellie’s Corner for the first time, or you want a reminder of this last year’s giving prayer, go back and read all the messages I have sent you. It’s a good idea to keep them in front of your eyes. Ask Mom or Dad to help you print them out. We’ve made them available at kcm.org/commanderkellie.

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I Dare You to Do It!

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This is my gift to You, Jesus. I give You ME! My life, my thoughts, 24/7, every beat of my heart, my skill, my talent, my good and my bad, my strengths and my weaknesses, I give to You now.
 
My gift will be just as daily as Yours is, Jesus.
 
Whaaaat? Do you realize what we said we would do? Can we really give this gift that has taken a whole year to give, and give it as DAILY as JESUS gives His life? Superkid, many people would say that’s impossible! He gives His life to us every day! Psalm 121:3-6, The Living Bible, is very clear about that, “He will never let me stumble, slip, or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping. Jehovah himself is caring for you! He is your defender. He protects you day and night.”
 
He is there for us every minute of every day, never even sleeping. He always has His eyes on us and takes care of us, day and night.
 
“But Commander, that’s Jesus! He’s the Son of God! Who would dare to make that promise to Him?” Psalm 15:1, The Passion Translation, seems to agree, “Lord, who dares to dwell with you? Who presumes the privilege of being close to you, living next to you in your shining place of glory? Who are those who daily dwell in the life of the Holy Spirit?”
 
Do we dare dwell with Him?
 
The word dwell means “to live or stay permanently, all the time, DAILY.” The idea behind this Bible question is this: Who would dare to think they are good enough to live and dwell in the same place as God Himself? Who could daily dwell in the life of the Holy Spirit? This sounds like another question but it is actually the answer! Who can dwell with God Himself? Answer: Those who daily dwell in the life of the Holy Spirit! Psalm 15:2-5 goes on to describe these people who sound like pretty amazing Christians:
 
They are passionate and wholehearted, always sincere and always speaking the truth—for their hearts are trustworthy. They refuse to slander or insult others; they’ll never listen to gossip or rumors, nor would they ever harm another with their words. They will speak out passionately against evil and evil workers while commending the faithful ones who follow after the truth. They make firm commitments and follow through, even at great cost. They never crush others with exploitation or abuse and they would never be bought with a bribe against the innocent. They will never be shaken; they will stand firm forever.
 
As you read this description of these DARING kids (people), you may think, I can’t be like that all the time. I love Jesus but I make too many mistakes. Or, I am just not bold enough to stand up like that at school! Maybe that means I can’t live in His house every day! Superkid, thinking like that is thinking backward!
 
Being great at all those things isn’t what lets you in the door of His house to live with Him daily. That’s the description of what YOU BECOME when you dwell in Him (which is simply letting HIM dwell in you). Letting HIM into YOUR house transforms you into all those things!
 
After all, Superkid, YOU ARE His house!
 
When He lives in you and you set your thoughts on Him and His Word, you ARE living in the power of His Holy Spirit. Little by little you change and begin to look like Him. In other words, living that kind of holy life is not what ALLOWS you to live in Him. Living in Him allows YOU to become like Him.
 
Second Corinthians 3:16-18 (New International Reader’s Version) says it like this: “But when anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Holy Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, freedom is also there. None of our faces are covered with a veil. All of us can see the Lord’s glory and think deeply about it. So we are being changed to become more like him so that we have more and more glory. And this glory comes from the Lord, who is the Holy Spirit.”
 
The veil is simply what happens to us when we look away from
Jesus. But when we look to Him we become like Him. I understand that you don’t want to make a promise to Jesus to give yourself daily and not be able to keep it. But WE can do this, Superkid. I DARE you to believe it! We cannot, however, do it on our own. Last month we gave Him our strengths AND our weaknesses, because even when we feel strong, we can’t live life without HIS STRENGTH. So of course, we need Him and we need His strength to be as daily in our devotion to Him as He is to us.
 
So, back to what Psalm 121 said about Jesus: He is paying attention to us day and night and He doesn’t even sleep. Superkid, these are not just words. This is God’s Holy Word to YOU! We can be just as daily AND nightly as He is.
 
“So that means we have to stay awake all night?”
 
I KNEW YOU WOULD ASK THAT!
 
Don’t try to tell your parents that Commander Kellie says you need to stay awake like Jesus. YOUR nights should be spent SLEEPING! He’s the only
One who needs to be awake. When you’re afraid to sleep at night, remember to ask Him to give you good dreams and talk to you. This makes us 24/7, daily devoted to our Jesus. The best part? The more we live this life daily, the more people will see Jesus shining through!
 
Will you do it?
 
I DARE YOU!
 
Commander Kellie, OUT! ♥

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The Mightiest Strength

This is my gift to You, Jesus. I give You ME! My life, my thoughts, 24/7, every beat of my heart, my skill, my talent, my good and my bad, my strengths and my weaknesses, I give to You now.
 
Giving ourselves to Jesus is the highest act of worship to Him. It’s when we give Him everything that we begin to RECEIVE everything we need from Him!

Lord, my strengths and my weaknesses, I give to You now.

With Jesus, when you give Him yours, He’ll give you His. As you make your gift to Him today, He will give you His strength in return. Superkid, your strength is not enough. Psalm 33:17 in The Passion Translation says, “Human strength and the weapons of man are false hopes for victory; they may seem mighty but they will always disappoint.”
 
When you don’t give Jesus your strength, you have to rely on your own. That may not be enough when you’re faced with a challenge, a test, a problem to be solved or a job that must be done.
 
Jesus taught His disciples to rely on the Father. He corrected Peter for relying on his own strength and challenged him to live differently. Let’s look at Jesus’ last moments with His disciples and His capture in the Garden of Gethsemane before going to the cross.
 
When Jesus told the disciples He was going to die, Peter argued with Him. Preparing them for what was coming, Jesus told them that they would all desert Him (Matthew 26:31-35). Peter burst out with confidence in his own strength, “Even if all the rest lose their faith and fall away, I will still be beside you, Jesus!”
 
“‘Are you sure, Peter?’ Jesus said. ‘In fact, before the rooster crows a few hours from now, you will have denied me three times.’”
 
Jesus knew Peter would deny Him. But Peter continued to argue with Him. “I absolutely will never deny you, even if I have to die with you!”
 
Jesus reminded them of how He had taken care of them when He sent them out. Instead of trusting Him as they had then, now they were glad they had two swords! Their swords made them feel strong and ready for battle. Jesus wanted them to do battle a different way. He asked them to pray with Him. “He told the apostles, ‘Keep praying for strength to be spared from the severe test of your faith that is about to come’” (Luke 22:35-40).
 
What if Peter had done that? Jesus told them to pray for strength so they’d be spared from the test of their faith that was coming. Peter fell asleep. He thought he was stronger than the rest and besides, he had a sword! This is how our strength can fool us into not leaning on the Lord.
 
They were shocked when their friend Judas led the guards to arrest Jesus. Peter reacted and used his sword to cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant Malchus. Jesus said, “No more!” Then he touched Malchus’ ear and healed it. Then Jesus went with the guards. (See verses 50-54.)
 
Peter was shocked! Then he followed at a distance to the high priest’s home, and joined some people around a nearby fire so he could watch. When people began to recognize him as being with Jesus, instead of being strong as he had planned, he denied Jesus three times just like Jesus said he would.
 
Imagine how Peter felt when at the very moment of his third denial, Jesus turned and looked at him. Every word of Jesus’ warning came rushing back. Peter left the courtyard weeping.
 
By trusting in his own strength, Peter chose to ignore Jesus’ attempts to help him be strong. Jesus knew it would happen, but He also knew Peter would learn better. In Luke 22:32 Jesus prayed for him: “But I have prayed for you, Peter, that you would stay faithful to me no matter what comes. Remember this: after you have turned back to me and have been restored, make it your life mission to strengthen the faith of your brothers.”
 
Jesus’ prayer for Peter came true! He strengthens our faith to trust Jesus even today when we read the Bible. Paul also wrote a lot about being strong in weakness. You and I can learn from them both.
 
Jesus knows that if we trust in our own strength, we will not always be strong enough to overcome the challenges that come.
 
What about when we fail? Psalm 73:26 says, “Lord, so many times I fail; I fall into disgrace. But when I trust in you, I have a strong and glorious presence protecting and anointing me. Forever you’re all I need!”
 
We must give Jesus our weaknesses. We sing, “We are weak, but He is strong,” yet in our weakness it is easy to forget to lean into Him. Instead, we struggle, feel frustrated or look to other things (like Peter’s sword) for strength. Psalm 33:18-20 says, “The eyes of the Lord are upon even the weakest worshipers who love him—those who wait in hope and expectation for the strong, steady love of God. God will deliver them from death…. The Lord alone is our radiant hope and we trust in him with all our hearts. His wrap-around presence will strengthen us.”
 
Superkids, let’s invite His all-around Presence to take our strengths and weaknesses. Let’s RECEIVE Jesus’ words to Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 as ours, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.”
 
Paul says when he is weak, he really gets to know the power and strength of Jesus, so weakness doesn’t bother him. He becomes stronger every time he takes Jesus’ strength as his! “For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power” (verse 10).
 
Our lives can be a doorway for the Lord to show His power and glory to others. So let’s be LOUD AND BOLD with the emphasis on NOW:

This is my gift to You, Jesus. I give You ME! My life, my thoughts, 24/7, every beat of my heart, my skill, my talent, my good and my bad, my STRENGTHS and my WEAKNESSES, I give to You NOW!
 
I’m all in with you,

Commander Kellie♥
 

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