Field of Faith Devotion Week 02 - Sin
This week of practice continues to focus on the foundational skills of basketball. Over the next two weeks there will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and positional defense (Practice Plan).
Faith Focus: Defining and addressing Sin
Family Game Time - Football Trash Can Toss
Bible Verses: (Romans 7:1-25)
Memory Verse: (John 19:30 - When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.)
How to Beat Sin: We don’t, He did.
Sin is breaking God’s rules. This is a simple notion, but the depth of this statement relates directly with the authority of God. For there to be an objective standard of what is good and what is evil, there must first be an absolute moral standard. This leads us to the question of who sets the moral standard. The question is significant because the existence of morality is a result of a perfect God creating order in the universe. The laws of gravity and morality are objective and absolute. We don’t worry about a basketball shot going into outer space because we do not question the existence of gravity. We know morality exists because God planted reason and morality in our hearts (Romans 1:19), and for every rule there needs to be a rule giver (Isaiah 33:22). God’s moral law is a mirror showing us the chasm that exists between a perfect God and us. Some Christians strive after perfection as something to be attained and take heart to what Jesus says in Matthew 5:48, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect.” This is a maddening task because perfection on our own merit is impossible (Romans 3:23), and Christian’s who strive for perfection may have missed Jesus’ main point – you are not perfect and need to understand your moral bankruptcy. In the beginning of Matthew 5:3-12, Jesus lays out the beatitudes (a list of blessings). The first beatitude listed is, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). This is the starting point of a person who wants to inherit the kingdom of heaven – knowing our spiritual bankruptcy cannot pay our way into heaven. When we know this, we surrender our self-sufficiency by repenting (asking God to forgive us for breaking his rules) and believing that Jesus is the (Christ) Savior from sin (1 John 5:1-2). When we repent and put our faith in Jesus, we take rest in the perfect work of Jesus.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30
We no longer strive for perfection but submission to God in all things. Since we are declared perfect by Jesus who paid the price for all the rules we broke.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:21
Read out loud with your athlete(s) Romans 7. Think about the concept of having two appetites – one appetite that comes with being a Christian and wanting the things that God wants, and the other wanting the things your flesh wants. Help your kids understand that when we make God our delight, the desires of our heart mirror God’s desires – because God becomes the object of our desire and we then worship Him. Our joy in God leads to obedience and submission to His will. Psalms 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”