Field of Faith Devotion Week 03 - Love

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Field Focus
This week’s practice will focus on pre-game preparation. Gameday is an athlete’s opportunity to display the skills that they have developed during the weeks of practice. An essential part of gameday is our pre-game warmup routine. These routines help athletes focus on the task at hand and develop confidence through systematic preparation (Practice Plan).    

Faith Focus: Defining God’s Love
Family Game Time - Line Tag/Freeze Tag
Bible Verses: Ephesians 2:1-10
Memory Verse: (Psalms 136:1 - Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.)

God’s love is unlimited and transformational. To understand the depth and richness of God’s love we need to look to His work on the cross. Jesus humbled himself to live among us as a man and then preceded to bear the wrath of God (Father) for all the sin ever for those who would repent and believe in Him. (Hebrews 10:14) God did not save me because I was so great and worthy of saving, but He saved me when I was at my most undesirable. (Romans 5:6) When we think about the undeserved grace that God so lavishly spread over us, we should be overwhelmed with gratitude. This gratefulness stems from the reality that we have been forgiven from a debt that we could not pay and are now heirs to the eternal riches of God’s Kingdom. The verses below contain the greatest retraction in the history of the world and serve as an example of the unlimited and transformational work of God’s love.

Ephesians 2:1-3:
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.”

These verses are a sobering reminder of our lostness and depravity when we are sinners separated from God. We served ourselves and fulfilled our own desires for our glory.

Ephesians 2:4-10:
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

We were dead, but God. I was filled with anger and strife - exercising my anger on anyone who would disrespect me, but God. God’s love is unlimited because it does not matter what sin is in front of, “But God” because everything after is His result. We were dead, but God transformed us into his workmanship, his “poema”. We are God’s masterpiece, his working poem that is being transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit that resides in His children – that one day will be completed. (Philippians 1:6)      

Family Focus:
We are God’s “poema”. Consider how masterful painters turn globs of paint into amazing works of art. Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam” was at one point a bunch of blobs of paint before the mastery of his paintbrush transformed those blobs into one of the most revered paintings of all time. God is transforming us into his masterpiece – take some time with your kid(s) this week and create something beautiful. Enjoy this process and meditate on the fact that we, Christian’s who are redeemed by Christ, are God’s masterpiece His “poema”.

Freddy Keiaho