Do Over Session 4: Free Student Devotional

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This is the free Student devotional for Do Over Session 4: An Identity You Must Embrace

 

Give Your All

Pause

Think for a few moments about how God has transformed and changed you as you’ve grown in relationship with Him. Thank Him for loving you.

“Leave it all on the floor.”

Coaches use that statement to push their players to give their all. It demands a total, absolute commitment to giving their best effort. This is essentially what Paul is saying in Romans 12:1-2.

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”

—Romans 12:1

Consider what Paul is urging Christians to do in these verses:

What right does Christ have to claim control over our lives?

Contrast the “transformation” promised in Christ and the “conformity” promised by the world. Jot down a few thoughts or sketch some ideas in the space below.

The Point

Pursing holiness means daily pledging our bodies to the One who rescued us from enslavement to sin. Every part of our lives should be focused on bringing God honor.

 

Respond

Reflect for a moment on what it means practically to present yourself as a daily sacrifice to God. Ponder these thoughts:

How does this affect my purity?

How does this affect my eating habits?

How does this affect the way I live my life before a watching world?

What areas of my life have I not given over to God as a sacrifice?

 

Use this prayer as a sample prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your great love in sending your Son, Jesus, to rescue me from sin and death. I pledge myself, my whole body, to you for your service. Make me holy today.

 

Behind the Story

Under the Old Testament law, the Israelites would make sacrifices in an act of worship to the Lord. But Jesus became the final sacrifice, and His life, death, and resurrection made the final atonement for sin. We can add nothing to Jesus’ sacrifice, but Paul calls us to respond to God’s mercy by giving Him our very lives. In the Old Testament, God’s people made sacrifices; in the New Testament, we are to be sacrifices.

 

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Comments

  1. Brenda Isaacs says:

    These do not seem to match up with my Sunday School quarterly for 2013.

    • Chris Swain says:

      Thanks for the comment Brenda! We give students a free devotion from our Essential Connection devotion book/app each week. Our goal is to try and connect with the topic of the session as best we can. But due to the overarching scope and sequence of EC sometimes they will not connect. The goal is to give students an opportunity to have a personal time with God at least once during the week. Although the topics may not be spot on every time. You can be sure that they are learning about Who God is and how that connects with their life. Thanks again. I hope this helps.
      Chris

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