Memory Gem: “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23, NKJV).*
The “Serving With a Smile” Doctor
Dr. Lee rushed through the narrow alleys of the dirty city with his medical bag to help a sick neighbor who had just collapsed on the floor of his home. After propping the man up on the bed and giving him some medication, Dr. Lee left quickly. He got into his car and drove immediately to the Sunshine Orphanage, where he helped check all 30 children for tuberculosis. What a busy day!
“You must be tired, dear,” Mrs. Lee said to her husband. “Come and rest awhile. I’ll massage your shoulders.”
“That feels good!” exclaimed Dr. Lee as he relaxed on the sofa.
Suddenly a loud knock was heard at the front door. Dr. Lee sat up as Mrs. Lee ushered in a young couple carrying a girl. She was grimacing in pain.
“Please, please, Doctor, our eldest daughter is in great pain,” begged the young father. “We don’t know what is wrong with her.”
Dr. Lee immediately placed the sick girl on the couch and examined her thoroughly with his stethoscope and by pressing different parts of her tummy.
“She needs surgery immediately,” explained the doctor briskly. “It looks like appendicitis. I’ll meet you at the hospital.”
Early the next morning, after catching just five hours of sleep, Dr. Lee stopped by to check on the girl, who was sleeping peacefully after her operation. Then he looked at his watch and said to himself: I’d better hurry.
Yes, another fund-raising event was waiting for the busy doctor to help launch for the public to raise money to buy wheelchairs for physically disabled children. Dr. Lee loved to serve the people. Though tired, he served with a smile.
Think About It
In what way was Dr. Lee doing what Jesus said?
What does it really mean to serve others? At your age, is that possible?
What benefits do you get in helping others in need?
Live It Out!
Plan together with your parents or guardians and list at least two things you can do to serve and help in your community.
Make a get-well card or prayer card and give it to a church member or neighbor who needs such encouragement.
Memory Gem: “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31, NKJV).
Wake up, Jeremy, wake up!” yelled Mother. “Get up! You’ll be late for school!”
“Just two more minutes, please!” begged Jeremy as he turned over on the bed.
Jeremy had to be dragged out of bed practically every morning. He frequently missed his school bus. Often his teacher would call to say that Jeremy was found sleeping in class, and that he did not turn in his homework.
“What’s happening to you, son?” asked Father and Mother one evening with great concern. “We have to talk!”
“Since you got your own computer, you have been going to bed very late,” said Mother with a note of sadness.
“I see you are missing Sabbath school, too,” Father interjected, also concerned.
“Sorry, Dad. I’m just too tired to get up,” apologized Jeremy.
“We have to limit your time with the computer starting today, Jeremy,” Father said firmly. “You need to go to bed early and have enough rest.”
“Do you know that your body is the temple of God?” asked Mother seriously.
“What does that have to do with my sleep?” Jeremy asked.
“A lot!” exclaimed Mother.
“It says in the Bible that God created us, and we are to honor Him with our time and energy. When we don’t have our eight-hour sleep, our bodies will not be able to rest enough to repair themselves. We’ll lose concentration, feel tired, and lack interest in many things, including spiritual things.”
“Remember, it works both ways. When you have a strong faith in God and your spiritual life is thumbs-up, you are healthier emotionally,” Father added with a smile.
“Guess I haven’t been studying my Sabbath school lesson regularly, and I’ve even missed Sabbath school, Mom and Dad,” said Jeremy with his head bowed.
“Satan is happy when you don’t take care of your body, because you will have no energy for yourself and no time for Jesus,” Mother explained lovingly.
“Sorry, Mom. Will you pray that Jesus will give me power to live a more healthy life—not to destroy my body temple?” requested Jeremy.
“Let’s do that right now,” said Father as the family knelt down together.
Think About It
How does living a healthy life affect our love for Jesus?
What example in the Bible can you identify that relates healthy habits to a growing faith and honoring God? Find a Bible text.
Live It Out!
Make a pledge card and decorate it. Write in what you plan to do to help you have personal time with Jesus, then sign it. Put it by the side of your bed.
Make a chart to write down when you go to bed each night and your overall performance for a whole week. Then compare it with your performance when you go to bed very late.
Memory Gem: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16, NIV).*
Not Just Part, But All!
Young people, can you all help us today at the disaster relief shelter?” asked Mrs. Calkins earnestly as she gathered supplies from the church storeroom.
“Sure, ma’am, what can we do?” answered five of them.
“We need all the help we can get to serve food and pass out hygiene supplies for hundreds of these flood victims. Oh, and there are many children who need someone to hold them!” Mrs. Calkins explained.
“Mei, Jerry, Jose, Zach, and any willing soul, let’s go,” summoned the head leader of the neighborhood community center.
At the center everyone was so busy tending to so many needs of the young and old that they forgot how many hours they had been standing.
“Here, take some hot soup and bread to keep warm,” Zach said, smiling as he handed out bowls to hundreds of people who needed the meal at that moment.
“Let me help you, ma’am. You’ll need some dry clothes,” Mei said to a mother with two young children who clung tightly to her leg.
All the young volunteers worked tirelessly for the next three days at the shelter, doing their best to help those affected by the massive floods. A month later, Mei, Jerry, Jose, Zach, and some others started to run a Neighborhood Bible Club for the children of these flood victims.
Prema and Paula helped out a couple times a week with the after-school-care program at the church. Many other church members volunteered for follow-up visits to the affected families.
“But Pastor Kim, I thought we already did so much to help so many people affected by the flood. Why are there more of these clubs and visitations?” Mei asked.
“Jesus taught us to serve people, Mei. But our concern must go beyond meeting people’s physical needs,” beamed Pastor Kim. “We must extend our love and service to their spiritual condition as well.”
“Oh, yes, our goal is to show children who Jesus is and how He can change them and help them live a better life,” echoed Mrs. Calkins.
“Remember, when we serve and help others, we want to reach the whole person! The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!” said the pastor.
Think About It
What challenges do you have when you are trying to serve and reach the whole person?
Can you identify from Jesus’ ministry on earth how He reached the whole person of individuals He helped?
Isn’t it easier just to donate some money to help the needy? Why? Why not?
Live It Out!
Plan together with your parents or teacher one project you can do to help serve others as well as reach the whole person of those in your project.
Use a notebook as a prayer journal and pray for one specific classmate or friend who does not know Jesus. After 10 days, try inviting them to some church-related program.
Memory Gem: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank” (Daniel 1:8, NKJV).
Hey, do you want to join us after school for a burger at McDonald’s?” asked Erika excitedly.
“No, I don’t think so,” Yuko declined politely.
“Why not? It’s yummy and cheap!” beamed Erika with a twinkle in her eyes. “Hey, girls, don’t you agree?”
“Don’t you know it’s not good for you?” a surprised Yuko asked. “Just look at all the grease and fat in the burger.”
“Don’t be such a health nut!” replied Erika. “One burger won’t kill you!”
“My mom said that if we eat healthfully, we’ll grow stronger and smarter like Daniel. One more thing: we can be a good disciple of Jesus and can witness for Him,” Yuko said confidently.
“Is that why you always get good grades?” Erika added sarcastically.
“I agree—our science book said we should eat more fruits and vegetables,” interjected Kylie.
“Hey, why not eat some fruits or salad?” suggested Yuko eagerly. “I know of a great place for that!”
“That’s boring!” replied Erika with a sigh. “Are you sure you girls want to do that?”
“Well, let’s try to be healthy. Let’s go for the fruits and salads!” echoed the girls in unison.
Think About It
Identify one or two Bible texts that highlight the importance of having a healthy body. How should you treat your body?
What does Psalm 139:13, 14 tell you about how you were made? Does this indicate how you value yourself?
Live It Out!
Prepare your own recipe of fruit salad, and share it with your parents and friends.
Make a chart showing the nutritional values of your favorite fruits and vegetables.
Memory Gem: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22, NIV).
Good morning, Jenny. It’s a wonderful day!” beamed MaryAnn as she drew back the curtains to let in the sunlight.
“Another dreadful day. What’s there to be happy about?” murmured Jenny with a frown.
“We can always rejoice in the Lord for another day of life, for the beautiful mountains that we can see. What about great friends?” MaryAnn shouted joyfully.
“I’d like to share Isaiah 43:2 with you. God has promised that He will be with us even through tough times,” MaryAnn said with great assurance.
Soon MaryAnn was maneuvering her wheelchair to the room of Carlos to brighten his day with a promise from the Bible and a prayer.
“Thanks a lot, MaryAnn—you just keep me going each day,” Carlos smiled with great appreciation.
Soon all the individuals from this nursing home gathered in the central hall for their morning activity, with MaryAnn leading out in joyful singing.
“Tell me one thing, MaryAnn: What makes you happy all the time? With your arthritis, knee replacement, heart problem, allergies, and other health problems, how can you be thankful and smiling all the time when you are aching all over?” asked Carlos curiously.
“When I am happy to live every moment of each day, I live longer. My health improves. Do you know that studies have shown that being happy and trusting in Jesus daily makes us able to deal with sickness and illnesses better?
“A positive mental attitude is about believing in yourself, accepting whatever comes along, and learning to use whatever comes to grow and help others. You have less stress, and laughing a lot is excellent medicine!” exclaimed MaryAnn enthusiastically.
MaryAnn continued to cheer others and serve these residents of the nursing home for many more years. Indeed, her positive attitude was remembered fondly by many who had been blessed by her.
Think About It
Study Proverbs 17:22 again and identify why a happy heart is good medicine.
How can you develop a positive attitude?
Live It Out!
Find two friends you can cheer up. Get some smiley stickers or draw them yourself; give one to anyone you meet who looks sad or is unhappy. Tell them to trust Jesus.
Memory Gem: “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go” (Luke 10:1, NKJV).
An-Na and Cheng-Chi hurried home after school to drop off their school bags. It was time for sharing the gospel with their neighbors. Both good friends were challenged by their church pastor to share Jesus in their city neighborhood.
“Hurry, An-Na, let’s go before the rain comes!” exclaimed Cheng-Chi.
“Be patient, my friend. Oh, did you take some tracts and books to give away?” asked An-Na excitedly.
“Yes, I did. Let’s pray before we go. I am getting nervous, and we need Jesus to help us speak boldly,” Cheng-Chi suggested.
Soon the girls arrived at the first house at the end of the road. Cheng-Chi rang the doorbell, and a middle-age woman opened the door.
“What do you want? If you are selling me something, I don’t need anything,” the woman answered grouchily.
“Oh, no, we’re not selling anything,” Cheng-Chi said with a smile. “We just want to give you some free books and share Jesus with you.”
“Can you give us two minutes of your time, ma’am?” asked Cheng-Chi with a twinkle in her eye.
“OK, better make it fast, I have to prepare dinner,” said the woman with a smile. “Well, why don’t you two come in, then?”
“Do you know Jesus loves you? He came to die for you and me. Look at this piece of paper,” Cheng-Chi continued to talk and tear the paper until it unfolded into a cross.
“Remember, we can go to God’s house in heaven only when we believe in Jesus, who died on the cross for us,” echoed
“That is a beautiful story, girls!” the woman responded warmly. “Thank you for sharing that with me. Thank you for this free book. I will try to read it to see what it’s all about.”
“God bless you,” An-Na and Cheng-Chi waved happily as they went on to the next house to share the gospel story with another neighbor.
Think About It
Why do you think it is helpful to go in twos for sharing the gospel? Can you go alone?
Is sharing the gospel difficult to do in the city? Why? Why not?
Live It Out!
Partner with a good friend and plan a schedule together to identify the place or the individuals to whom you would like to share the gospel.
Memory Gem: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14, NKJV).
Gospel in Shoes
Listen up, juniors, we are going to participate in a wonderful project this month,” Mr. Salazar said excitedly.
“What are we doing?” Carlos asked.
“Beginning today, and for the next four Sabbaths, we are going to pass out flyers and The Great Controversy to every home in our city of Buenos Aires,” explained Mr. Salazar.
“Wow! That’s a lot of weeks! Why are we doing that?” asked Yesely.
“Didn’t Jesus give us a command in the Bible that we are to go to all the world to preach the gospel?” asked Paulos.
“Yes, you are right, Paulos. Many people have not heard of the name of Jesus. That’s why we are all joining in this venture,” explained Mr. Salazar excitedly.
“OK, I would like to share Jesus!” Belchus exclaimed eagerly. “I’ll take 10 books.”
“Great! Count me in too! I’ll take 15 books,” echoed Jemina.
That afternoon a group of 20 energetic juniors gathered in the church parking lot, ready to get out to reach the huge city of Buenos Aires with gospel flyers and books. They were ready to walk the streets to reach the world for Jesus!
“Boy, our legs are tired!” exclaimed the youngsters as they sat down after several hours of walking the city streets.
“Of course, we are tired, but do you know you are Jesus’ gospel in shoes?” Mr. Salazar said with a big smile on his face. “It’s as good as preaching a sermon!”
Think About It
Why did Jesus tell the demon-possessed man who was just healed by Him not to go with Him, but to return to his house? Read Luke 8:38, 39.
Identify two ways you can use to reach your classmates, friends, and community with the gospel message.
Live It Out!
Select two books or pamphlets you can share with your friends and classmates.
Draw a card to give to someone who does not know Jesus.
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