Devotion (pt .2): Die to Self, Live for Jesus
1 Cor.7:35 “I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.”
God is very interested in our hearts and our motives behind our actions. Pure devotion to God is what is expected of us. In order to do so, we must die to ourselves and live for Jesus.
Big Question: How important is it that we die to self and live for God?
Read the three passages below and answer the questions:
Gal.2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Col. 3:1-4 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory."
2 Cor. 5:15 “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised."
- If you know Christ, who lives in you?
- Is your life your own?
- We live by faith in whom?
- How much did Jesus love you and how did He demonstrate it?
- What kinds of things are you to seek? Why?
- What does it mean to say that “you have died”?
- Your life is hidden where?
- Who is your life?
- How can you be “dead” and still alive?
- Practically speaking, what are some things “dead” things can’t do? (i.e. can’t get their feelings hurt, dead things have no rights, etc.)
- Jesus died for us and rose again so that we would stop living for who and start living for who?
- Refer to the memory verse. What kind of devotion are you to have for Christ?
- Show everyone your Healthy Disciple Diagram from the previous lesson and describe why you drew yourself the way that you did.
- Report how you have done on correcting your weakest areas.
- What specific things do you plan to do this next week to continue growing in your weakest areas?
- To whom will you teach this lesson?