We have been wrestling with concept of “worldview.” (How someone sees the different pieces of their lives and where they think they fit in the overall picture). At times, we need to analyze the different pieces of our lives: family, friends, school, extracurricular activities, talents, and our faith in Jesus. We want to begin to grapple with the fact that God wants them to us every piece of our life through the lens of our relationship with Him and for it all to come under His reign. We are letting God have all the pieces of our lives to make them into a masterpiece for His fame.
We need to see that all of the pieces in our lives are broken (Just like a mosaic begins…as broken pieces). Because of the fall of humanity in the garden, nothing is as it was made to be. Our relationship with God, each other, our self, and the earth is broken (Genesis 3/Revelation 21:1-7). We have endured difficult things we have no control over. However, we need to be aware of our brokenness and bring it to God, trusting that although pain and suffering weren’t His doing, He can “work all things for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). Our case study for this series is Abraham & Sarah in Genesis. Their broken pieces: their inability to have children. Their mosaic: the nation of Israel (the lineage of the Son of God: Jesus).
We need to see that “taking things into their own hands” doesn’t necessarily make life better. Looking at the life of Abram & Sarai we are going to see what happens when God asks them to wait for the promise He made. THINGS GOT MESSY because they didn’t trust God. We need to realize that just because God doesn’t give you what you want when you want it, doesn’t mean you should take matters into your own hands. We need to bring our desires and decisions under God’s timing and means because God cares for them and is trustworthy.
We want you to personally believe from experience that God always keeps His promises even if things don’t turn out the way we want them to. He is the God of miracles. Because of God’s character, He is worthy of having complete control over our entire lives.
Through questions, help us enter into a discussion with each other about the pieces of their lives: extracurriculars, friends, significant others, popularity, family, possessions, job, technology, life decisions, grades, even favorite bands and tv shows! We need them to realize the things they actually worship vs. the One they think they worship. Abraham didn’t necessarily make an idol out of his son, Isaac. Though, the Bible does indicate that God was testing Abraham to allow him to see how easy it would have been. Our prayer is that all of us are convicted of the ways we put other “gods” before the one true God and allow Him to take His proper place again in our lives. This is not behavior modification—quit your sports and enter a convent—it is a reordering of our hearts—that the Holy Spirit would take charge in each moment of our day. It is a reminder not to let God’s blessings turn into the very thing we bow down to.
We want you to walk away knowing with confidence that God cares about your past hurts and wants to transform your life into a masterpiece of faith that will echo into eternity. Whats your story? Flesh it out by using the statments below to help you shape what your story looks like and who you can share it with.
The Hand I’ve Been Dealt (Think Brokenness, Could Be Self-Inflicted):
How I’ve Taken It into My Own Hands:
How God is Doing a Miracle in Me:
How He is Still Shaping My Heart (think Gifts & The Giver, Idols):
My Hope for Eternity (Masterpiece):
Who I Want to Share My Story With: