NEW TESTAMENT 2019

Come, Follow Me

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Treasures in Heaven

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Matthew 19–20; Mark 10; Luke 18
“What Lack I Yet?”

Scripture:

Luke 18:22

22. Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

Song:

Come Follow Me, Hymn 116

Lesson:

Jesus was approached by a rich young man asking “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He told Jesus that he had kept all of the commandments from his youth. Jesus lovingly told him that there was only one thing he lacked, he should sell all that he had and follow Him. The proud young man was sorrowful, and went away. 

Jesus asks all of us to come and follow Him. We can do this by keeping His commandments. Sometimes, like the rich young man, we may be prompted to do something to be better. Let us put our trust in God and try to follow Jesus Christ a little better each day.

Quote:

“To follow Christ is to become more like Him. It is to learn from His character. As spirit children of our Heavenly Father, we do have the potential to incorporate Christlike attributes into our life and character. This process is very complex and very simple at the same time–Ancient and modern prophets described it with three words: ‘Keep the commandments’—nothing more, nothing less.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Q&A:

What trapped the rich young man who claimed that he had obeyed all the commandments from his youth? (Discuss ideas.)

What would you do if Jesus asked you to follow Him? (Discuss ideas.)

What was the young man giving up for wealth? (Discuss ideas.)

How can we follow the admonition to “Come, follow me”? (Discuss ideas.)

What are some of the things that might trap us today and keep us from following the Savior? (Discuss ideas.)

Story:

Footsteps

“‘Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me,’” Chase repeated the scripture they had memorized in Primary.

Chase followed the imaginary footsteps down the sidewalk. “One, two, three, four…” he counted.

“What would it be like to really walk in Jesus’ footsteps?” he thought. “Would I be willing to give up everything?” he wondered, wincing at the thought of giving up his new bike. “How, could I give it up? I had to mow twenty-five lawns to earn enough money to buy it!”

***

On Saturday, Chase had appointments to mow three more lawns.

“Chase,” Mother said, “I’m really proud of you. You’ve become a good little business man. But don’t forget our deal! You still need to do your regular chores.”

“But, Mom,” Chase complained, “By the time I get done mowing lawns the day will be shot and I won’t have any time to play!”

“You could give one of your mowing jobs to Kenny,” Mother reasoned. “He could use the extra money and that would give you an extra hour of free time. By the way, it’s your turn to mow our lawn.”

Chase thought about his friend Kenny. His dad was out of work and the family was barely getting by. Kenny had even sold his bike so his dad could buy a new suit to wear for job interviews. “Kenny could use the money,” he thought, “But, I worked hard to build up a clientele. Why should I give one of my customers to Kenny?”

“Kenny already has a job delivering papers,” Chase reasoned. “I’ll mow our lawn after I’m done with all the others.”

Mother looked at Chase and smiled. “It was just a thought,” she said.

Chase rushed out to the shed for the lawn mower. “I think if I mow Mr. Brown’s lawn first, then the Jensen’s and then ours before mowing Bradley’s, it’ll save time,” he planned. “I might get some time to play after all.”

On his way to the Browns, Chase passed Kenny walking along his route with the heavy newspaper bags draped across his shoulders.

“Kenny’ll be too tired to mow a lawn anyway,” he tried to convince himself.

After all four lawns were mowed, Chase turned on the hose and let the cool water wash across his face before walking over to Kenny’s house to see if he could play.

“One, two, three, four,” Chase was counting his steps when he heard, “Come, follow me.”

Startled, he turned, but there was no one there.

Then Sister Hall’s words, “What would Jesus do?” echoed through his mind.

“What would Jesus do?” Chase asked himself. Chase quickly turned and headed for home.

***

“Mom. Dad,” Chase called.

“We’re in the kitchen, Son,” Father answered.

Chase hurried into the kitchen. “I’m going to follow Jesus,” he said before catching his breath. “Like Kenny is!”

Father and Mother looked puzzled.

“My bike. I’m going to give my bike to Kenny. He needs it more than I do!”

by Margie Nauta Lee

Activity idea:

Treasure in Heaven


Teach children ways that they can follow Jesus Christ, and of the "treasures" they can receive if they do!

Treat idea:

Peanut Butter Footprints


These yummy cookies are shaped like footprints to remind us to follow Jesus Christ.

These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.

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