GIVE GOD YOUR BEST
Scriptures: Matthew 10:8, Acts 20:35, Romans 12:1, 1 Timothy 4:15
Memory verse: Matthew 10:8
"Freely you have received; freely give."
Everyone likes to receive a good gift. It makes us happy! However, the person giving the gift has even greater joy. This is why Jesus said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).
It is a privilege to be a "giver." The word "give" means "to present something voluntarily without expecting to be paid for it." It is a gift. When giving a gift, we enjoy giving good gifts—our very best. Our best gift is of the highest quality possible and the most excellent in our possession.
(Bring five oranges, or some other fruit that is available, to the Bible study. One should be larger than the rest and one beginning to spoil. Select a student to come and examine the oranges.)
Ask the student: If you were to give one of these oranges to your brother, which one would you give him? Why?
Choose another student to come and examine the oranges.
Ask the student: If you were to give one orange to your sister and one to your father, which ones would you choose? Why?
The father is more worthy and important than the sister so he gets the biggest and the very best orange. Today's study is about giving gifts to our heavenly Father. Because of who He is, we want to give Him our very best.
Hearing God's Word
Our memory verse for today is found in Matthew 10:8, "Freely you have received; freely give." (Ask the students to say the verse with you several times.) God sent Jesus to die on the Cross and pay the price for our sins. Because of His sacrificial death, Jesus is able to offer us the gift of salvation. The gift is free! We receive the gift by asking Jesus to forgive us of our sins and inviting Him to come into our hearts to be our Saviour and Lord.
God gave His very best, His Son, Jesus. As believers, we are grateful for the amazing gift of salvation. In appreciation for this amazing and free gift, we want to give God a gift. We want to give Him our very best gift!
Ask: What gift do you, as a young person, have to offer God? (Allow responses.)
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship" (Romans 12:1).
Ask: What does it mean to "offer your bodies as a living sacrifice?" (Allow responses.)
Presenting yourself as a living sacrifice is giving Jesus first place in every area of your life—100%, submitting to Him, making Him the Master of your life.
Only the Best for Jesus
- Your body. Jesus lives in you. Consequently, your body is sacred and is to be treated with reverence. Recognizing this fact, you will want to eat the right food, get enough sleep, exercise to keep your body strong and stay away from using drugs. Dishonouring your body by being sexually involved before marriage is never a consideration.
- Your soul. Your soul is that part of you which is created in God's likeness. It is with your soul that you can talk to Jesus and develop a personal relationship. It is in your soul that the Spirit of Jesus dwells.
- Your mind. The mind is the part of you that reasons, thinks and feels. It is the source of your intelligence. It stores knowledge that you gain in the classroom and from life's experiences. It processes your thoughts that determine your actions. You are in control of your mind. Be careful what you store there and manage your thoughts well.
- Your talents. God gives to every human being the natural ability to perform certain functions. Those talents may be in the area of education, athletics, electronics, computers, carpentry, mechanics, farming and many others. These skills can be utilized for God's honour and the advance of His Kingdom.
- Your worship. Worshipping the Lord in song, reading your Bible, and sharing a word of testimony with unbelievers pleases Jesus very much.
- Your service. Service is working for Jesus. It is something we do to honour Him and help fulfil His purpose. Singing in the church choir, sweeping the church compound and inviting other youth to church meetings are a few services that can be given.
Ask: What are some other ways we can give our best to the Lord? (Allow responses).
Accepting God's Word
We have a wonderful privilege - the privilege of giving God a gift. Let us be sure to give Him a good gift—the best that we have. We want to present the gift with "all our heart." The apostle Paul said in Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Ask: Are you excited about giving God a gift? You have many things to offer Him, but the most valuable is the "gift of yourself." Are you ready to wrap it and present it to Him? If your answer is "yes," please repeat this prayer after me. (Pray one sentence at a time so it will be easy for the students to repeat the words.)
"Dear, God, thank You for creating me. If it were not for you, I would not be here today. So, I want to offer You my life—to live it for You. Now and until I die, may I be a useful instrument in Your hand. All that I am, and everything that I will become, belongs to You. My greatest desire is to please You. Thank You for receiving my gift. Amen. So be it!"
Present the information about the Tenth Parallel given below.
The Tenth Parallel
The Tenth Parallel is an imaginary line on the earth’s surface running parallel to the equator identifying the latitude 10 degrees above the equator. (Shown as a red line on the Tenth Parallel map.)
The tribes above that imaginary line are almost exclusively Islamic, but below that parallel they are primarily Christian. It is along this line that these two religions meet with the Muslims pushing south and the Christians seeking to advance the gospel to the north. Thus, through the years along the Tenth Parallel there has existed tension, conflict and wars. It has especially been intense since the mid-1900s.
The Tenth Parallel, an imaginary line, falls across many people groups. Most of them are unreached and without an adequate witness of the gospel. (Their names and location are identified on the map below by a number placed on the red line.)
May the Lord guide you in your understanding of this presentation of 20 unreached people groups along the tenth parallel. May He lay a burden on your heart to pray, give and make yourself available to participate in presenting the gospel to them.
"I (Jesus) tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (John 4:35).
REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for Tenth Parallel Tribes
1. Conflict between tribes to cease,
2. Protection for persecuted believers in Christ,
3. Messengers of the gospel be sent to each tribe.
"And all peoples (tribes) on earth will be blessed through you (believers in Christ)" (Genesis 12:3).
MORE INFORMATION: www.joshuaproject.net
Remember: GIVE GOD YOUR BEST
Memory verse: Matthew 10:8
"Freely you have received; freely give."
1. God helping me, I will always give Him my best.
2. May the Holy Spirit remind me of the gifts I have to offer the Lord.
3. I want to be known as a gentle, generous, giving believer.
Pray for the Tenth Parallel tribes.
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