Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) …fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Genesis 25:29-34 (NLT) One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, “I’m starved! Give me some of that red stew!” … “All right,” Jacob replied, “but trade me your rights as the firstborn son.” “Look, I’m dying of starvation!” said Esau. “What good is my birthright to me now?” But Jacob said, “First you must swear that your birthright is mine.” So Esau swore an oath, thereby selling all his rights as the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and lentil stew. Esau ate the meal, then got up and left. He showed contempt for his rights as the firstborn.
Colossians 3:1-2 (MSG) So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
How have other people’s appetites shaped you? This question can bring up a lot of pain. Pray for each other as you share. Our past is often complicated, so as you share, be mindful of your time to allow each person opportunity to share.
What are you doing that is not a sin or morally wrong, but if Jesus walked in this room right now, he would instantly point out needs to change? Share and discuss it with the group. How can those around you support you in making a change?
What habit can you start this year that will help you keep looking to Jesus?
What do you hope God has for you this coming year? Are you who you need to be or where you need to be to receive it? Discuss what needs to change.
God often gives us as a gift to others. Who do you think God wants to use you to bless in the new year?
Parents – we have a great opportunity when our kids are in worship service with us! They see that learning about Jesus and his love never stops! Use the questions above to create age-appropriate conversations with your kids today and throughout the week. Perhaps choose a question for each mealtime or make one a part of your daily drive time with your kids. Show them how easy it is to keep our eyes on Jesus and make him the best part of everything we do!