We just wrapped up our short 2 week series titled “Wise Choices.” Each week, our teenagers examined Scripture to discover truths about making wise decisions.
In this second lesson, we tackled one of life’s most important questions: “Where do I find my identity?” We explored Philippians 3:5-9, where the Apostle Paul calls all his accomplishments (and there were many!) garbage in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ. We took an honest look at how we, in our human way, attempt to find our identity—through such things as relationships, appearance, popularity, and performance.
This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your teenager about our lesson. These questions might help fuel the conversation:
- When are you most tempted to finding your identity through appearance, popularity, or performance? What needs are you trying to meet?
- How has finding your identity in Jesus helped you experience peace and satisfaction?
- How can we, as a family, challenge each other to find our identities in Jesus?
- French mathematician and theologian Blaise Pascal is credited with saying, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” Discuss this quote.
This Weeks Challenge: Identifying areas where we try to find our identity isn’t easy. Think and pray this week and ask Jesus to show you ways in which you try to find your identity outside of him. Ask him to help you know what it means to have identity in him and to have that as your identity. If you don’t know Jesus ask him to reveal himself to you.
Philippians 3:7 “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done.”
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