Field of Faith Devotion Week 05 - Reconciliation
As we continue to build on the fundamentals of basketball throughout the weeks and increase the focus on basketball concepts and spatial awareness, we will also start forming teams for the final weeks of the 2019 winter basketball season. (Practice Plan)
Faith Focus: Defining Reconciliation
Family Game: Memory Verse Game
Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 5:1-21
Memory Verse: (2 Corinthians 5:21 - For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.)
Reconciliation is making right. It is the laborious process of restoring a broken or damaged relationship. It is imperative to understand the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation in our eternal relationship with God and our relationships in our daily life. Last week we defined forgiveness as a personal decision; placing an emphasis on it being a unilateral or independent act without the contingency or reliance of the other person asking or seeking forgiveness - we forgive because God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). Every transgression (sin) is against God. Every sin (breaking God’s rules) that I have committed against myself or others is ultimately against God. If my neighbor’s car was parked in a location that I did not like, and I proceeded to kick in his doors and break all the windows of the car as a result of my discontent with his parking spot, my sin is ultimately not against the car, but my neighbor who owns the car. God created the universe (Genesis 1) and is the owner of the universe; all things in the universe are His. Thus, every sin committed is against Him.
Since we have sinned and damaged the relationship between us and God (Isaiah 59:2, Romans 3:23), we need reconciliation between us and God; to “make right” this relationship. This is only possible through Christ since He is the way, the truth, and the life – no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). God is just, He is impartial and divinely fair. We have broken God’s rules and there is a punishment that needs to be imparted on the guilty. We, the guilty, need to pay for all the times that we broke God’s rules because God is divinely fair. We need to die for breaking God’s rules, but God offers us a free gift in Jesus (Romans 6:23). This gift allows us to be treated as if we have never broken God’s rules, we can be declared righteous (without sin), and have a relationship with God through Jesus who “made right” (reconciled) our relationship with God. Jesus lived his entire life without breaking God’s rules. He was a perfect man who had an undamaged relationship with God. Yet, “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) Jesus, who was without sin, was treated as though He was guilty of sin. For those who repent and believe that He is the savior of sins, Jesus paid the price for every sin, forever (Hebrews 10:10). God made right, He reconciled us to Him for his glory and our eternal good (Romans 3:25-26).
I am forgiven and reconciled to God, that’s cool – so whatever. God is not an additive to your life. We don’t simply add Him to our life and that is it, He becomes the object of our joy. Our relationship with God is not simply to have forgiveness - He did not reconcile us to Him to just forego punishing us. He restored our relationship with Him so we could have joy in Him. I honor God because it brings me joy; I give thanks to God because it brings me joy to do so. Do something this week with your kid(s) that brings everyone joy; then acknowledge that God created that activity.
Questions to Consider:
Name things that bring you joy. Now acknowledge God as the creator of all those things.
What relationships bring you joy? Why do those relationships bring you joy?
What are some actions that can “make right” a relationship?
Do I need to be forgiven first before I do any “make right” actions?