Passage: Psalm 8:1-9
IF YOU COULD trail a superstar for a day, you would see everything people do for the fabulously famous. Fans honor them. Bodyguards protect them. People know who they are and follow after them. And everyone makes special arrangements for them. Before you feel wretchedly jealous because you never get that kind of treatment, listen up: God does those things for you, because you are important to him.
-God honors you with special attention, as Psalm 8:4-5 describes.
-God sends His angels to guard you. Psalm 91:11 says, “He orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.”
-God is making special arrangements for you. John 14:2 says, “There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly.”
Although you may not be a superstar to the tabloids, God accepts and honors you because of what Jesus Christ did on your behalf. He died for your sins, taking away any and every offense that made you less-than-acceptable to God.
Instead of wondering, “How can God like me?” a better question might be, “How can God NOT like and accept me?” If you are a Christian, you are a child of God. John 1:12 says, “To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” God isn’t like some earthly dads who can’t fit you into their schedule or find anything nice to say about you. He’s the perfect Father. Because you are his child, he will always accept you. You still might figure that God sees you as a failure when you sin, shaking his head and wishing you would shape up. But God’s love for you doesn’t change when you sin. You can bet your sin grieves God. He gets the same feeling you do when a friend hurts you-except that God doesn’t pout like people do.
So how does a friend fix things up with you after hurting you? He or she comes back to apologize and as your forgiveness. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” When you blow it in your relationship with God, get things right with Him ASAP. He loves you too much. Don’t put it off.
Do you think God likes you? Why or why not?
Make a list of things that make you feel as if God may not like you….
Perhaps you have done things that have grieved God because it is true that sin does grieve God’s heart.
Confess your wrong to God and receive his forgiveness.
PRAY together with your small group: Write your prayer of thanks for God’s forgiveness.
A Lifetime Commitment
Passage: Mark 16: 15-18
Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Mark 16:15
THINK ABOUT THIS: Of all the commitments you will make in your lifetime, probably only a handful will be for life. As a Christian, you have committed yourself for life to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. And someday you may say “I do” to one marriage partner for life. But these days it’s highly unlikely you’ll stay in one career for life. You might even live in different cities, states, or countries over the years. And you’ll be lucky if you have one or two friends who last a lifetime.
But if you are serious about serving Christ from here on out, you need to understand one critical lifetime commitment he has called you to make. Everyone Christ has rescued and called to be his disciple is also called to be a rescuer and discipler of others. And just as he intends for you to be a disciple for life, he also calls you to be a discipler for life. Praying for others, building bridges of love and concern to others, and sharing the gospel with others is a lifetime commitment.
God’s Word makes your lifetime call to disciple others totally clear. Mark 16:15 and Matthew 28:18-20 describe what is called Christ’s great commission. What’s the great commission all about? It’s the last, the clearest, and one of the most important commands Jesus ever gave his disciples. It means that everyone everywhere whether at your school or on the other side of the planet-should have the opportunity to say yes to Jesus. Do you wonder how important that is to God? The great commission is a true expression of God’s heart (see John 3: 16), and when the great commission is completed, Christ will return (see Matthew 24:14).
You can be absolutely sure that God plans for you and for every Christian to be involved in helping fulfill the great commission. Why? First, because it is a command. The Bible says that if we love Christ we will obey his commands (see John 14:23). Second, because the need is clear. You will always have people around who need to hear the gospel and be discipled. And you’re on the receiving end of an amazing promise as you get involved in helping fulfill the great commission: Christ promises to be with you always, because you need him always in your lifetime ministry of reaching others.
So does that mean God wants you to ditch your dreams of a career so you can become a full-time evangelist, campus worker, pastor, or missionary? Not necessarily. What you do for a career isn’t the big issue. Your real task is to keep seeking God’s will for your life-and no matter what he calls you to do, plan on using your career to help fulfill the great commission.
God has called you to help him fulfill the great commission. Can you sense his deep confidence in you?
Throughout the conference (e.g. elective seminars, plenary sessions, speakers & prayer times), how has God been tugging your heart concerning “ the clear need” to reach the lost? What specific ways can you commit to help fulfill the Great Commission in your life right now?
PRAY & SHARE: Take a moment to respond to God’s calling as a college student but also to the lifetime invitation He is making to be a discipler for his kingdom.
Share to one another how you will live out your answer to God.