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Full Commitment

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Application:

To challenge teens to allow God to develop their mental, social, physical and spiritual lives.

Materials Needed:

Three wooden crutches or stout brooms.
A stout four-legged wooden chair.
A stopwatch.
Small prizes.
For each young person:
Copies of the self-assessment sheet below.
Pens or pencils.

Click here for the Self-Assessment sheet

Text:

Luke 2:52.

 

"And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man" (Luke 2:52).

Balancing Activity:

Divide the group into small teams and set out the challenge.  A volunteer from each team is invited to balance on the two crutches without his or her feet touching the ground.  Award points according to the number of seconds they achieve.  Repeat this allowing them to use three crutches!  Have as many playoffs you desire and then award prizes to the winning team.

Growing like Jesus:
When you need to reach a high cupboard, a stout chair like this one is just the thing to stand on, knowing that you have a firm base.  Luke 2:52 says that Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.   Jesus grew in the four areas and so must we.  The legs of this chair are like these four aspects.  All need to be developed to our best advantage to give us a firm base and for us to be able to please God:

  1.  MENTAL .... in wisdom.
  2.  PHYSICAL .... in stature.
  3.  SPIRITUAL .... in favour with God.
  4.  SOCIAL .... in favour with man.

Missing a Leg:
If any leg is missing from the chair, it would wobble horribly and you would land on with a thud on the floor.  If two or more legs were missing, the chair would collapse and you would throw it out as being totally useless.

We are going to do a meaningful exercise so let's pray and ask God to help us to do it prayerfully and honestly.  Now, I want you to evaluate your own effectiveness on the self-assessment sheets.  These are very private, so please don't talk or share your information with anybody else.

(Allow enough time for each person to individually complete their sheet).

Closure:
Explain that we all need the four aspects in our lives and for them to be developed as fully as possible with God's help and strength.  Give a challenge for a deeper all-round commitment of their lives to Jesus.   Close with a prayer that God will help the teens to endeavour to improve the area(s) that they feel need improvement.

God Bless!
 

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