What’s the meaning of life? Why are we here? These questions have been debated by everyone from philosophers to children since the beginning of time. Your answer depends on your worldview. Do you think we’re here by chance? Were we created and left to fend for ourselves ever since? Or does a loving God with ultimate authority care for us and direct our moments so that we can see Him more fully? When we trust in God, whose purpose is His glory, we can find the answers to questions that have stumped the greatest thinkers in history.
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: Trusting in God and His Word Gives Us Purpose
In Luke 1 and Matthew 1, God singled out two unremarkable individuals to be a part of His great rescue plan: Mary, an honest girl, and Joseph, a faithful man. What God asked of them was big, but both trusted God and were willing to intentionally live for Him. God’s purpose for them was to be the earthly parents of their own Messiah. Woah! God also has a purpose for all of our lives, and when we are obedient to Him, we bring Him glory. Remember, whatever God asks of us is ultimately for our good and His glory. And besides, this life isn’t about us. It’s all about Him!
- Read Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:18-25. What similarities do you see between the angel’s visit to Mary and Joseph?
- Does God have a purpose for everyone? What do you think His purpose for you is? What scripture helps you remember God loves you and has a purpose for you?
- Talk about some verses from the Bible that remind you that God is trustworthy.Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
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Teacher: Meal Time
At dinner this week ask your kids what they think their purpose is. After they answer read Ephesians 2:10 with them. Ask them what the verse says their purpose is. What does "good works" mean? What does "being created in Christ Jesus" mean? Talk through ways or ideas that each family member can make choices to live for God’s glory throughout each day. Encourage everyone to remember their purpose is God’s glory, not their own.
Friend: Drive Time
In the car one day, share with your kids how in your job and/or day to day responsibilities you are seeking to live out the purpose that God has for your life. Share ways you are doing well and also how you still struggle. Talk about how God directed your steps to where you are today and how His Word daily guides you towards His purpose. Brainstorm with your kids how their life can uniquely be lived on purpose today and commit to pray for one another.
Read Matthew 6:33 and Hebrews 12:1-2. Talk about how in those verses the Lord calls us to seek first His kingdom as well as look to Jesus as we walk away from our sinful ways. Pray together that the Lord would help you trust Him, His word, and His purpose for you. Pray that He would, by His grace, help you fix your thoughts on Him and therefore increase your desire to walk away from the sin that so easily trips us up and, instead, seek first His kingdom and righteousness.
Continue working through the Watermark Family Advent Guide together and discussing how you see that God’s purpose is His glory through the daily scripture readings and devotionals. Additionally, how did trusting in God and His Word give His people, like Esther and John the Baptist, purpose?
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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