AMPLIFY: God’s Sovereignty
Lesson 21: Servant King

 

Lesson 21, Devotion 1

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” - Colossians 1:15

 

There’s a difference between acknowledging that God created the world versus thinking that what exists today is what He created. We are in a broken world and only see the shadow of the way things were supposed to be. We can get confused when we read something like this passage from Colossians and think things like, “The way I am today is the way God made me to be. The Bible even says so.”

 

That’s like walking into a museum where all the art has been destroyed by vandals and thinking, “Artists can be creative, right? I’ll bet the artists wanted it that way.” Meanwhile, the Mona Lisa is on the ground in pieces.

 

Read Colossians 1:15-18 with this in mind. As part of the Trinity, Jesus made all things exist to be at their best. Thankfully, even when we’re at our worst, or only have a broken world’s version of love, He still steps in and makes all things new again.

 

Think about this:

  • What truths about yourself, good or bad, are you afraid to claim?

  • Knowing that God is sovereign and Jesus is working to hold all things together, how does this give you hope for the future?

 

Lesson 21, Devotion 2

“No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” - John 10:18

 

There are many needs within your circle of friends and family that may not ever come to the surface unless given the opportunity. Spend some time asking people the question, “I’d like to pray for the needs in your life. Is there anything you would be willing to share with me?”

 

As you pray for them, invite God to move you to consider stepping up to assist with any hardship they may have through an offering of your time, resources, or abilities. For instance, if someone is failing a class, they need to pass you might tutor them (or find another person who is willing to tutor them). If there's something more relational needed, such as someone who says, "I feel alone right now," consider that God may be tapping you to meet the need.

 

In all of these scenarios, remember that Jesus, while still the Son of God, willingly offered Himself to serve needs. You don’t need to do anything out of guilt, but out of your heart. That’s what makes it a true gift anyway.

 

Lesson 21, Devotion 3

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:4

 

Every generation faces two competing temptations. On one hand, you feel the world pulling you to pursue a life measured by comfort and personal pleasure. On the other hand, God’s sovereignty says that something greater is possible – a life lived with selfless love and sacrifice. Tragically, even Christian teenagers mess this up and would rather be thought of as “great” and “significant” instead of being known for serving like Jesus. 

 

Read Philippians 2:3-8. The people who did the greatest things for God were the ones who weren’t necessarily trying to do anything other than simply be obedient. This what Jesus did, resisting the fanfare He could have easily claimed and instead letting greater values invade this world through Him.

 

Are you up for following in His footsteps?

 

Think about this:

  • How do you feel when someone serves you without asking for anything in return?

  • Should a “servant” receive applause? Why?

  • What do you think a whole community of unselfish people would look like?