Field of Faith Devotion Week 09 - The Gospel of Joy
Fundamentals are foundational. This is evident with the improvement of skill through the season and continues to be a guiding principle with our coaches – our coaches consistently reinforce the fundamentals and keep basketball learnable and likeable (Practice Plans).
Faith Focus: The Gospel of Joy
Family Game: Freeze Dance
Bible Verses: Romans 5:9-11
Memory Verse: (Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,)
God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. This quote from John Piper is one of the most substantive statements about what it means to rejoice in God. As children of God, when we put our joy in in Him it renders eternal life and a peace that is rooted in an unchanging, supremely loving God. A joyful relationship with God is the ultimate goal for us. The relationships we enjoy with good friends are enjoyable not because they forgive us, but because those relationships bring us joy. We, who are God’s children, who have repented and believe that Jesus saves us from sin, have a relationship that we can place our joy in. The process that began at forgiveness, brings us to reconciliation and leads to us rejoicing in God.
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:9-10)
Christ’s death made right the relationship between us and God so that we could have peace with God. God no longer sees us as guilty sinners but as His children standing on the perfect work of His son Jesus.
“More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:11)
Forgiveness and reconciliation through Jesus allows us to have this joyful relationship with God. This relationship allows us to place our joy in it and it renders back eternity. We can celebrate as his children knowing that our joy in God produces eternal glory and satiates the deepest desires of our soul.
Talk to your kid(s) this week about the joy you experience in the relationships you treasure. Let them know why you enjoy those relationships, then list some of the joys that you find in your relationship with God.
Questions to consider:
1) What does it mean to be most satisfied in God?
2) How does idolatry take us away from God?
3) What are some characteristics of a good relationship?