Tent Time Devotions
Hop Into the Greatest Story Ever Told
Do You Have Beautiful Feet?
Get Ready – Gather Bible and Tent Time Devotion, pitch your tent, bring any other items you would like to use to make this family time special.
• Take off your shoes
• The “password” to enter is to tell God something you are thankful for.
• Once everyone has entered, give God a compliment! Praise Him!
• Open in prayer. Keep it simple. Something like…
Dear God we thank you for this time that our family has come together to worship you.
We invite your Holy Spirit to join us here in this tent.
Please help us to learn how to walk in your ways. Thank you for your promise to guide and direct our paths. We love you!
Listen to God’s Word – This portion of our devotion is to tell the story or set the stage to what is happening. You can read this to your children or have them read some to you. Feel free to also tell the story in your own words or just read part of the Scripture depending on their ages.
In the accounts of Jesus’ life from the Bible, there are lots of feet on the move. Jesus and the disciples are always going somewhere and others are always following them. Let’s take a look at some of those feet and see where they were going and what message they were bringing.
Nicodemus was a leader in the Jewish Church. Most of the church leaders were against Jesus, but Nicodemus saw the great things that Jesus had done and also listened to Him teach. He knew that Jesus had to be from God. So one night his feet carried him out into the dark to find Jesus and ask Him some questions.
He asked how a person can be born again.
Jesus told him that in order for a person to have eternal life with God his spirit had to be made new like a new baby. This can only happen when a person believes that Jesus is God’s Son and that He came to earth and died on the cross to forgive man of his sins.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17
Nicodemus learned that in order to have a new life in Christ Jesus, he would have to believe in Jesus, ask Jesus to forgive him of his sins, and then follow Him.
The next time we read about Nicodemus is after Jesus died on the cross. Nicodemus came and helped a man named Joseph take care of Jesus’ body. They put spices and oils on Him, wrapped Him in linen cloth and put Him into a tomb. John 19:38-42
Mary was a good friend of Jesus. She loved Him very much because He had rescued her from evil spirits that tormented her because of her sins.
Mary’s feet took her to the tomb of Jesus the day after He died on the cross. She went with some other women to put spices on Jesus’ body as it was their custom. When she arrived she saw that the stone in front of the tomb had been rolled away and that Jesus’ body was gone.
Mary ran back to tell the disciples that someone had taken the body.
Mary then followed Peter and John back to the tomb. Once they had left Jesus appeared to her and told her that He was alive. He told her to go and tell the others. So Mary’s feet took off again.
Peter was having a hard time. He felt very bad because he had told people in the crowd that he did not know Jesus. After Jesus had died, Peter didn’t know what to do. One day he decided to just go fishing. Some of the other disciples went with him. While they were out on the water, Jesus came out on the beach and called to them.
When Peter realized that it was Jesus, his feet jumped out of the boat and right into the water.
He swam ashore to get to Jesus as fast as he could. They all sat down and had a fish breakfast and Jesus let Peter know that He still loved him and was counting on Peter to go out and tell everyone about Jesus and His love.
Discussion – Use this time to talk about what you have read.
How did the story make you feel? What was happening or not happening?
All of the feet in this story were doing something good. Whose feet were curious and wanting to find some answers? Whose feet were running to tell others good news?
Whose feet were so excited to see Jesus that they got all wet? Which pair of feet were your favorite?
Application – What can we learn from this story? How can we take what we learn and use it to make a difference in our family?
The Bible says in Proverbs 6:17-18 that there are six things that God hates. One of those things is feet that run to do evil. All the feet that we read about today were doing good!
They were all searching for Jesus or telling others about Him. God says that people like this have beautiful feet!
Do you have beautiful feet?
It doesn’t matter if your toenails are painted or cut short. It doesn’t even matter if your feet have had a bath and smell extra nice.
Are your feet taking you places where you can tell others about Jesus and His mission?
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”
Think of some ways you can tell other people about Jesus.
Where are some of the places your family can go that would make your feet look beautiful?
Time to Pray – Spend a quiet moment in prayer and ask Jesus if your feet are going the right way.
Pray and ask Jesus to show you where your feet are going.
Do you live in a way that lets others know you are following Jesus? Ask if there are attitudes, friends, or activities like video games or TV shows that you should walk away from. Pray that you will be bold enough to share the Good News of Jesus and His love with others.
Maybe you are curious like Nicodemus and not sure which direction to make your feet go? To get your heart and your feet on the right track there are a few things you need to know.
- What is sin and have you ever sinned?
- If you know you have sinned, did you know that your sin keeps you completely separated from God and Jesus?
- In order to have your spirit made new like Nicodemus, you must believe that Jesus was God’s Son and that He came and died on the cross so you could be forgiven.
- Ask Jesus to forgive you for doing wrong.
- Tell Jesus that you want to be part of His family and that you want your feet to follow Him.
- Decide to let Jesus be the boss of your life.
- Tell Jesus that you love Him and ask Him to fill you with His Spirit.
- Guess What!! If you did all of that, you are born again!!
Make sure you share this Good News with someone soon!
Closing – From now until you meet again.
There are several ways you can close your Tent Time Devotions. Use all of these options or choose the way that is best for your family.
- You can end with a time of sharing what you heard.
- Encourage each person to write down what God told them in a journal.
- Sing a praise chorus together.
- Share prayer request with one another.
- Ask if any member of the family needs help with something. How can you serve them?
- Speak a blessing that God would give each person “Beautiful Feet”.
A Miracle Catch – Encourage your kids to look at this story on their own sometime this week.
There is much more to the story when Peter jumped out of the boat. You can look it up and read the rest on your own. See how Jesus makes Peter feel better and the job He gives Peter to do. You can find the story in John 21.