WILL OF GOD FOR ME
Scriptures: Matthew 26:36—46, Romans 12:1–2, Colossians 1:9–10
Memory verse: Matthew 26:42
"May your will be done."
A question on the mind of every young person is, "What do I want to become?" Youth who are believers in Christ Jesus often ask, "What is God's will for my life?"
Genesis 1:27 teaches us that "God created mankind in his own image." The Psalmist David reaffirms this truth in Psalm 139:13, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Then, the following questions are appropriate: "If God created me, what does He expect from me? Why did He create me?"
Ask: Why did God create you? (Allow responses.)
Our Creator has the power of choosing and deciding what He wants us to do with our lives. Knowing what His wishes are and what He desires us to become is very important.
The apostle Paul wrote a letter to new believers in Colossae. Others had led them to the Lord and Paul wanted to encourage them. First, he let them know that he had been praying for them. The first item on his prayer list was, "We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives" (Colossians 1:9). The apostle Paul understood that knowing God's will was the foundation on which a victorious Christian life could be built.
Hearing God's Word
Our memory verse for this study is from the prayer Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. (Tell the story of Jesus praying in Gethsemane. Now, ask the students to say the memory verse with you.)
Jesus is God's Son and His greatest desire was to do the will of His Father. Throughout the 33 years that He lived on this earth, Jesus was always concerned about pleasing His Father and fulfilling all that had been prophesied about Him. Knowledge of God's will for His life made it possible for Him to pray, "May your will be done" (Matthew 26:42).
The Will of God
When believers use the term, the will of God, what are they thinking? How does one define "the will of God?" Here is a basic definition:
"The will of God, according to the Scripture, is a revelation of how God wants us to live our daily lives, involving: our thoughts, our actions, and our desires."
Clearly Stated in Scripture
The will of God is not mysterious or hard to understand. Why? It is clearly identified in the Bible, in various Scriptures. Let us look at several of them. (Ask students to read the following verses of Scripture.)
Romans 12:2, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." It is possible to know God's will once you put your faith in Jesus.
2 Corinthians 8:5, "They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us." The most important gift to offer God or people is "ourselves."
Ephesians 6:6, "As slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart." This speaks of being willing to obey whatever the Lord Jesus asks you to do.
1 Thessalonians 4:3–5, "It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honourable, not in passionate lust like the pagans." This is pretty clear. It is God's will that sexual activity be confined to the marriage bed.
1 Thessalonians 5:18, "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." In the good times and the bad times, in every situation, be careful to thank God for His provision for you.
Hebrews 10:36, "You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised." God sees your faithfulness and He will reward you with His rich blessings.
1 Peter 2:15, "For it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people." Doing good to others in need will quiet those who are mocking your Christian faith.
1 John 2:17, "The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever." Those who do the will of God, rather than making material gain their goal, are going to spend eternity with Him. Doing God's will is going to lead you into heaven and the presence of Jesus—forever and ever!
Ask: What are some ways you can implement God's will in your daily life? (Allow responses.)
Accepting God's Word
God's will for each of us is clearly spelled out in the Bible. Young people who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour seek to do His will by obeying the teaching of Scripture. God has a purpose for our lives. He created us to do His will.
"The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will..." (Acts 22:14).
Lead the students in making the following declaration:
"If my relationship with Jesus is guided by Scripture, then my choices will be what they ought to be, and I will be all God wants me to be. Amen!"
Present the information about the Doe tribe given below. Show the video, if possible.
Meet the Doe
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The homeland of the Doe touches Tanzania’s coast a short distance above Dar es Salaam. While library research is a necessary step in getting acquainted with any people group, little information about the Doe is readily available. However, one passing comment appears in various research documents. In references to the slave trade along the coast, this statement often appears: “The Doe ate the excess slaves.”
We visited a Doe village, met the chief, and he graciously instructed a young man to give us a tour. As we walked toward the river, our tour guide shared information concerning the origin of the Doe tribe. The Doe were “hunters and gatherers” in Kenya. Drought forced them south into the Kwere area of Tanzania where a major battle ensued. The Kwere chief’s son was killed, resulting in the Kwere hiring warriors from a neighbouring tribe.
In a fierce battle, the Doe captured two alliance warriors. They killed one and ate his flesh; the other was allowed to escape. The warrior fled back to his camp, saying, “The Doe are hunters. They are killing us for food. We will never be able to defeat them.” So the alliance warriors turned back, and the Doe settled along the Wami River.
Hearing this part of the story, it became clear why the Doe were known to eat excess slaves during the slave-trading era. I asked the guide if this report was really true. “Yes!” he said. “Some of the slaves were used to work our fields, and the extras were eaten.”
I further inquired if this act of cannibalism was still practiced today and assured him I was too fat to be tasty! We all laughed and he explained that the practice began to fade away with the coming of Roman Catholic missionaries. Then, cannibalism was totally abolished when the Doe adopted Islam as their religion.
The Doe have a fascinating history. The people group has demonstrated the ability to change. I believe a clear presentation of the gospel will be used by the Lord to produce change once again, resulting in a spiritual transformation that will prepare them for eternity and enhance their contribution to today’s world.
The Doe continue to be resistant to the gospel. A church in Dar es Salaam has visited on several occasions to develop a relational bridge and has presented the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. A football team from the United States visited the village for a football seminar and taught English in their elementary school. The seed has been sown and we pray that soon many will come into the Kingdom of God. May the Doe tribe "Hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop...." (Mark 4:20).
REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for the Doe Tribe
1. Prepare their hearts to receive your love,
2. Holy Spirit to pour God's love into their hearts,
3. Many to be saved and brought into the family of God.
"God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit" (Romans 5:5).
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Remember: WILL OF GOD FOR ME
Memory verse: Matthew 26:42
"May your will be done."
1. I want to know God's will for me.
2. I will live like Jesus wants me to live.
3.I will obey the teaching of Scripture.
Pray for the Doe tribe.
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