Series: “My Life”
Focus: Life Change
Change is part of life. It seems that most of us either spend our time trying to create, prepare for, or avoid change at all costs. But true change is more than a new set of friends, a new job or home, or even a new haircut! Change that affects all of who you are…true life change…comes by interacting with the God who created us and wants to reconcile with us. A guy names Abram experienced this in the book of Genesis:
Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. Genesis 17:3-6
When God interacted with Abram, he changed his life. Not only did he get a new name (Abraham) but he received the promise that he would be the “father of many nations.” As you follow this chapter, you can see Abraham literally laugh in God’s face at the reality of his life change.
Truth be told, if God were to lay out His plan for you, show you everything He designed for you to accomplish in your life, all the challenges He was preparing you to overcome and the ground He was training you to take for Him…yeah, you and I would laugh at that too! But the crucial point is not just that God has big plans for us, but that they always involve us meeting the potential that He places inside of us. It requires life change!
– If you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, what changes have you seen as a result of that relationship?
– What next step is God challenging you to right now? How are you continuing to change yourself to follow after Him?
– As a family, what obstacles have you faced, or maybe even laughed at God over, because of His interaction with your life?
Change isn’t easy, and God never promises that following after Him will be a piece of cake, but He does promise that He provides a way, and that He will be there to carry the load with us! As parents, continue to be intentional about leading your students through life change at all levels, by leading with your example. Your kids will always base their next steps on how they’ve seen you take those same steps. Lead well.