From the very beginning of time God had a purpose. When He created the world, it was to show His glory. When He created man, He wanted us to see His glory. When He chose Abraham, Moses, and David to be a part of His plan, it was to use them to make His glory known among the nations. His ultimate act of coming to earth, living a perfect life, dying on the cross and coming back to life was to display His glory to the world. No matter what we’re tempted to believe otherwise, this world isn’t about us. It’s about God and His purpose is His glory. And that’s a really good thing.
PURPOSE: Intentionally living for God.
MEMORY VERSE: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for men.” COLOSSIANS 3:23 (NIV)
This Week’s Finish Line: God's Purpose is His Glory
Starting in Genesis 1 we see a God who is loving, imaginative, and good, and He displayed all of these traits when creating the world. God shows His glory through creation. Have you ever marveled at the power in a thunderstorm or the details in a flower? Have you ever considered how our earth’s seasons point to the death and resurrection of Christ as winter turns into spring and new life is seen in each rose bud and leaf that emerges from bare trees? Everything in creation points back to Him. God created man and woman and put us on this perfect earth, but instead of living perfect lives in relationship with God, we chose to sin. With that sin comes separation from God and death. However, God’s purpose is never thwarted and His plan to show His glory was just beginning. At just the right time, He Himself would step into His creation and reveal His glory in the most unbelievable way imaginable.
- Read Genesis 1 with your kids. How does God show us who He is through His creation?
- Is it always easy to see God’s purpose in everything He does? Why not?
- Can we ever do something to mess up God’s purpose? Why do you think that?
- Look at 2 Timothy 1:9-10. What was God’s purpose from the beginning of time? How did He show it through Jesus?
Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
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Teacher: Meal Time
At dinner this week spend some time defining “purpose” and “intentionality” in depth to help your kids come to a clear understanding of both. What does purpose mean? How does knowing our purpose affect our lives? What does it mean to “intentionally” do something? Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 together that says, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God." Pray together that God would allow your family to live with a purpose to do all things to the glory of God.
Friend: Drive Time
Take time to talk with your kids about how everything around us points back to God. Look at the way the trees grow, the way the birds fly, and even the way our bodies work. Ask your kids what their favorite insect or animal is and why. Talk about how amazing it is that God made all of those things out of His own creativity! Reflect on how it causes us to praise God for His amazing work. Explain to them that the reason God made all of these things was for His glory – so we could know more about who He is, what He’s like, and why He’s worthy of all our praise.
Discuss why God’s purpose is His glory is a really good thing. Talk about how God creating all things to point back to Him helps us see that there is nothing bigger, better, stronger, more powerful, more hopeful, or more satisfying than knowing and having a relationship with Him. Thank God that, because of His purpose, we can know that real life is found in Him alone.
Continue working through the Watermark Family Advent Guide together. Discuss how you can see that God’s purpose is His glory through the daily scripture readings and devotionals.
Thank God that the world is not all about you but all about Him. Thank Him for always having a purpose for everything He does. Ask Him to help you trust His plan and purpose for your life so you can glorify Him in all you do.
Next week we will continue learning about Purpose!
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