Lesson 30: Made Right
Lesson 30, Devotion 1
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ if indeed we share in his sufferings so that we may also share in his glory.” - Romans 8:16-17
Everyone is someone’s child. You might have the best parents in the world. Or maybe you don’t. You might know all there is to know about your mom and dad. Or maybe you’ve never met them. You may love hanging out with your folks. Or, you may rarely see them. Chances are, most people probably fall somewhere between these two extremes. However, the statement is still true: for better or worse, everyone is someone’s child.
Read Romans 8:12-17, paying close attention to verses 16-17. In his letter, the Apostle Paul said some pretty awesome stuff. If we fully understand what He’s saying here, it kind of blows our minds.
Paul says we’re God’s children. Don’t let that pass you by. The God who created the Universe? The holy King of Kings? He’s your Father. In fact, as you learned in holiness Lesson 2, He made tremendous sacrifices to make you His child. How cool is that?
Look again at verse 17. Because you’re a child of God, you share in Christ’s inheritance. The picture here is that God is your Father, and Jesus is your brother. Master. Savior. Messiah. Brother. How unbelievably awesome is God! He never fails to blow our minds with the depth of His love for us.
Think about this:
What kind of Father do you think God is? How does it make you feel to know you have God to turn to as a perfectly protective, wonderfully good, “always there” parent?
Why do we sometimes lose track of how amazing and deep God's love for us is? What gets in the way? Spend a moment in prayer today simply thanking God for being God.
Lesson 30, Devotion 2
Read this quote and think about it today:
"In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make God love me more and nothing I have done that makes God love me less." – J.D. Greear
Lesson 30, Devotion 3
When is a bowl more than a bowl? Simple: when a table is more than a table. Huh? Let’s explain a little . . .
In Exodus, the Lord gives chapter after chapter of instructions on how to build the Tabernacle. To remind you, the Tabernacle was kind of like a portable church. God gave exacting details on what to include: lamp stands, bowls, tables, curtains, tassels, and so on, and so on.
Now, the interesting thing happens in chapter 30 of Exodus. God goes through this long, virtually endless list of what to include in worship and how to worship Him. And right before God cuts Moses loose to go make it happen, he says something pretty cool.
He’s talking about all those objects He’d commanded the Israelites to include in the Tabernacle. All the utensils, all the curtains. All of it. Speaking of all this stuff, God says to Moses: “You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.” To consecrate means to set apart as holy. To set apart to be used by God. When is a bowl more than a bowl? When it’s been consecrated. When is a table more than a table? When it’s been tagged as “holy: to be used in service of the Lord.”
You may not know it, but you’re more like the bowl than you realize. Apart from God, your life is pretty normal. But since you’ve been made holy by Christ, you’ve been set apart. Consecrated. Tagged to be used by God. When you allow yourself to be used by God, your life takes on a powerful new purpose. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Have I allowed God to consecrate me for His purposes?” It’s a question only you can answer. What does God want to do with you? How does He want to use you?