What is God teaching you this week? What have you learned about him? About following him? Tonight we are going to be looking at 2 Samuel 7 with our Junior High students and Romans 10:14-15 with our High School students. I hope that you’ll take a second to reflect on the ideas that our students will be engaging with tonight. Do you live a lifestyle of gratitude? Are you following God’s command to speak faith?
Our junior high students will be focusing on “real gratitude” tonight. English doesn’t really have a great way of expressing what we’re talking about tonight using a single word, so for our purposes tonight I will be using the word “thankful” to describe an attitude of appreciation and “gratitude” to describe a lifestyle of appreciation. It’s good to be thankful, but that will fade and pass, gratitude endures.
Real gratitude is rooted in something beyond what a person or God has done for us. It is rooted in who they are. We are grateful to God because of who he is. Yes, we are grateful for what he has done, but we are also grateful for who He is and for the ability he has given us to relate to him. The same is true for our relationships with others, we are grateful for the things they do for us, but it extends beyond that. We are grateful for who they are.
Our high school students will be focused on Romans 10:14-15. Here Paul challenges Christians to speak faith, in other words, to share the gospel. Paul uses the word “preach.” Everyone is called to preach, not just professional preachers. I don’t mean that everyone is called to stand up before a church and deliver a sermon, I mean that everyone is called to share about Jesus. Even more, Christians should push one another. We should exhort other believers to preach as well.
So are you living in gratitude for what God has done and for who he is and even for what he will do? Are you preaching? Are you sharing Jesus Christ?