Whether it’s the night before a test, the last 2 minutes of a game, or the startling realization that you hit snooze too many times, urgency produces results. In the same way, understanding there’s a very real hell and an immanent rapture should produce a healthy dose of urgency in our Christian lives.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 [NASB95] “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.”
Ever wonder why God’s timing is so secretive? Part of the reason He plays that close to the vest is that He wants us to keep ourselves ready for the rapture – close to Him and far from sin.
- Jesus could come back for His church tomorrow. Is that more exciting or intimidating? What excites you? What intimidates you?
- If you knew Jesus was returning 3 days from now, how would that affect your relationship with Him and your submission to Him in the various areas of your life?
Mark 13:35-36 [NLT] “You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. ”
The primary work God needs us to do is to point the people around us to salvation – both by what we say, and how we live. Without our witness, many of those people will spend an eternity in hell. We can’t fall asleep on the job – He needs us working at it every day with a sense of urgency!
- List a few people in your sphere of influence who are in danger of hell. What could you do this week to show them what a Christian life looks like?
- God has given us everything we need to point spiritually lost people toward Him. What are a few of those resources He’s provided? For each one you list, how could you better take advantage of it this week?
3. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes to thank God for being patient enough to give people time to be saved. Ask the Holy Spirit to keep you in a sense of spiritual urgency to reach people around you with the good news.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
God’s Never Ending Love
1. Power Verse
John 9:4 (ESV) “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”
What’s Up: “We must all work to share God’s love!”
Have your children draw a picture of a giant pile of their all time favorite candy. Hide a piece of this candy somewhere in your house where they will never be able to find it.
Have them imagine if the candy pile they drew would never run out, but somehow it just kept growing and growing.
- What would do with all of that candy if you really had it?
- Where would you try to store it? Who are some people you might share it with?
- Would you be willing to share it with strangers, knowing that it will never run out?
Now tell them to try and find the hidden candy, give them five minutes to try and locate it. After the time is up, take them to the hidden candy and give it to them.
God has given us a giant pile of His love. It’s more than we could ever store up and use just for ourselves.
What are some ways that we could share God’s love with others?
Sometimes people don’t know where to find God’s love, but we know right where it is!
Think together about some people you know that might need help finding God’s love. How can we work together to help them find it?
4. Prayer Focus
Spend time thanking God for his never ending love. Then, start praying for the people who don’t know about God’s love.