Think About It!
Most of us are never just satisfied with our lives “as is.” Sometimes that means we need to practice contentment…but other times, this is actually a good thing, because on some level we’re all longing for transformation. The beautiful news is that Jesus wants to transform us as we walk with him! And that takes shape in lives that produce beautiful results––more on this in our next message from Colossians 3!
Talk About It!
1. Time to take a self-assessment
- What does God think of you? Paul reminds us we are chosen, holy, and beloved. That’s who God has made us to be, but sometimes we don’t act like that. Sometimes, we’re afraid of the work that God wants to do in us, but we don’t have to be afraid, because God loves us, and the work he does is for our good!
- Is there anything God is asking you to do, not do, or change in your life? Our life should be us, constantly going back to God and asking what he wants us to do. That’s called humility. When we let God teach us what to do and how to do it, our lives start to look more like him.
- What could you do this week that would make God smile? We don’t do good things to make God like us more. He already loves us more than we could ever imagine. When we love someone, we like to make them smile. Think of some fun ways you and your family can make God smile this week!
2. What do you let in?
- What is God trying to do in your life? No matter what God is doing, we have one job: let him do it. Let God make you into a kind and loving person. Let him heal your hurts. Let him show you where you’ve made a mess, and let his forgiveness into your life.
- What happens when we let God do what God wants to do? When we let God do what God wants to do, we can’t contain it. It begins to spill out of us in the ways that Paul describes: we teach people about Jesus, we encourage them, and we can’t help but worship!
- If you did let him do what he wants, what would that look like? If you and I let God do what God wants, not only will we start teaching, encouraging, and worshiping, but everything we do becomes worship! When we do our school work, when we talk to our siblings and our friends, we find ways to make God smile no matter what we’re doing.
3. The Christian home should reveal Jesus
- What does it look like when a family follows Jesus together? The Bible is full of instructions for parents and for kids! Kids are meant to obey their parents in the Lord. As parents ask God how they should live, he gives them ideas. When parents are listening to God and kids are obeying their parents, God smiles.
- As a family, discuss what it would look like to follow Jesus together. What are you already doing to grow closer to Jesus, and what would you want to change? Every family was meant to show Jesus to the world in their own special way. The only way to know what to do is by asking the Lord and listening to him as a family. What is asking each of you to do, and what is asking you to do together?
Optional Follow-up Questions:
- What makes you say that?
- What makes you say that?
- How does that make you feel?
- How would you explain this to someone who doesn’t know Jesus?
- Why do you think God did it that way?
- Why should we do the things that God tells us?