This week @ Sr. High OTTAGETTU we will continue to look @ the five biblical purposes for our lives. The topic of discussion is on service. In Matthew 20:20-28, James & John’s mother asks Jesus to place her sons in the seats of honor in heaven. Jesus responds by telling his disciples that to be great, you must be a servant, & to be first, you must be a slave.
Jesus came to serve, not to be served. And he desires the same attitude from us. Our students will look @ what it means to be a servant & a slave. And we will look @ how this is different from the world’s expectations. There are times in our lives where we want to be honored & recognized, but God wants us to focus more energy on thinking about others as we serve through our spiritual gifts & God-given talents.
This week, when you get a chance, talk with your teenager about serving. Talk about how your family serves—or how your family could start serving. You might ask what specific changes your student wants to make in order to be a better servant. Then find out what you can do to help your teenager make this transition. Or open up the discussion to determining how your family, as a whole, can be better servants.
Each week I like to offer some questions that can help generate conversation with your teenager. Here are some to consider based on this lesson:
- Is it possible to desire recognition or appreciation without it becoming a pride issue? Why or why not?
- Jesus says that if we want to be leaders, we must be servants. How does this line up with the way our culture talks about leadership?
- Do you find it easy or tough to serve other people? Why do you think that’s the case?
Have an awesome week!