Family at its Best… Knows They are Chosen by God

Week #4: Who I Am
 
Key Points:
-Conflict is inescapable therefore brokenness is inevitable
-Our brokenness will define us or let God shine through us
 
BIG IDEA: Family at its best knows they are chosen by God!
TRUTH: I will know WHO I am BECAUSE I know WHOSE I am!
-because of whose I am … I dance shamelessly
-because of whose I am … I give extravagantly
-because of whose I am … I reproduce joyfully
 
Further Conversation:
1. Did you or do you have a nickname? What is it and how did you get it? What name would you have called yourself as a child?
2. Read 2 Samuel 6:16-23 How to you think Michal’s identify was shaped by being the “daughter of Saul”? How was David’s identity shaped by being chosen by God to be king?
3. Our brokenness will define us or let God shine through us. What does this statement mean to you? How can brokenness be good?
4. Read Ephesians 1:4-6 What does it mean to you to be “chosen” by God? How does being chosen, despite your brokenness, influence your identity?
5. How is your WHO shaped by a WHOSE?
6. Read John 8:31-32 How are you living into your freedom in Christ? Where does shame or fear still hold you hostage?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What actions do you need to take? How can you begin to live free in Christ this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Romans 6:16-23
You are what you eat. Well, at least that was the diet slogan a few decades again. We might not admit it, but many of us allow our identity to be shaped by what we drive, wear, earn, etc. In short, we are what we do? Paul sort of agrees with that statement. If we sin, we show we are a slave to sin. Sin is always against our own best interest and freedom. Sin is a wicked slave master bent on our destruction. If we give in, Sin owns us. But if we seek Christ, surrender to Christ, Christ will set us free. Who has you?
Pray: LORD Jesus, you conquered sin and death. Victory and freedom are only found in you. I give myself fully to you today! Because of you I am free for and to love and live righteous!
 
Tuesday – Ephesians 1:3-11
I loved playing kickball as a kid, but I hated picking teams. When would I get chosen? Nothing was worse than being picked near the end. I felt so worthless and rejected. But if I was picked first, wow! I mattered! Allow that idea of being picked first to seep into your understanding of following Jesus. Paul calls it adoption in to God’s family. Adoption is a powerful word…because it means we were chosen! I don’t chose my biological children…but adoption is a chosen. God wants us, desires us to be His Children. God picked you! How does adoption change how you see yourself?
Pray: Loving LORD, I am so thankful that you chose me. I don’t deserve but your grace in Christ says I’m worth it. Thank you!
 
Wednesday – 1 John 3:1
Which news station do you choose to watch? Studies show that we tend to pick the new channel that most matches our own personal political bias. We listen to what we like to hear. Strange that many of us listen to such negative assessments of who we are. We allow that same world that rejected Jesus and murdered him to essentially decide our personal value, how we will live, and what we should believe. God’s word runs contrary to the world. God’s word says that God loves you! You matter! You are a child of God! What do you listen to? Do you listen to the world’s opinion or the Word’s opinion of you? Why?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, you are the WORD of life. I place my faith in you and listen to your truth. You are truth!
 
Thursday – Genesis 3:1-7
Genesis 2:25 states, “Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” Seven verses later they suddenly feel shame. Why? What happened in between those two statements that would cause shame? It wasn’t just the fruit, shame came from disobedience. Shame flows from brokenness. Purity was lost and shame flooded in. Shame is a powerful feeling that can drive us to absolute despair, depression, and even suicide. Shame forces us to hide, to cover us, to not be vulnerable. We were not meant to live in shame. But only Christ can purify us. Only Christ can free us. Only Jesus makes us right through God’s grace. How has God’s love and grace freed you from shame?
Pray: Almighty God, thank you that you found me while I hid in shame. Thank you that you loved me and freed me.
 
Friday – Galatians 5:1-15
Real freedom seems like foolishness to a broken world. We tend to think of freedom as the ability to do whatever we want whenever we want. That is not freedom but tyranny of my own whims. Instead, real freedom is found in allegiance to Jesus Christ. Sure, it seems like foolishness to the world. But only in Jesus is our maker molding us to live as we were designed, loved and righteous. Think about it this way…is a car more free coasting down a hill without a driver or under the gentle hand of an expert mechanic. We are free when we willingly belong to Christ, saved by his grace. How do you understand freedom?
Pray: Heavenly Father, forgive me when I fail to trust and see all you do to provide for me. Thank you! I want to trust you today.
 
Saturday – 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
We are all broken. Conflict is inescapable. We are at war with God, ourselves, and others…trying to prove our value and worth. Therefore brokenness is inevitable. We fight and we hurt because we are hurt. Brokenness will either define us or let God shine through us. The beauty of God’s grace is that it always meets us in our brokenness. God loves us as we are and makes our brokenness into something beautiful. How can you let the love and light of God shine through you today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, You gave yourself for me now I give myself for you. May your love and light shine through my brokenness!