What would you give your life for?
Today, Cultivate played a water balloon version of Battleship, and amongst the battlecries and flying water, it would be easy to think of answering this question in the physical sense. What would you physically die for? You may say relatives or, more specifically, your family members at camp right now. Some might even name a few choice friends, but this question goes beyond the physical.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.
1 Peter 4:1
Tonight, Cultivate campers are talking through 1 Peter 4:1-4 and taking on the attitude of Christ. This can be scary to think about when we consider how much Christ endured on Earth and how He responded.
Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.
Even in the midst of His suffering, Jesus chose to stay submitted to the Father’s will. One needs only to look at 1 Peter 2 to see just how high a calling it is to follow Christ’s example. It means giving up our will for God’s will and sometimes losing what we consider to be “our lives,” what we do and who we consider ourselves to be.
When we submit our lives to Christ, however, we gain a new identity, one that is not tied to what we do in this life or what others perceive us as. Although this submission means making a break with our sin and leaving some things we considered a part of us behind, we have life through the loss of ourselves to Him. Jesus did not need us to be perfect or His best friends in order to die for us, but Romans 5 tells us He died for us while we were still in our sin, enemies of God. Willing our lives away to be submitted to God’s will is worth any suffering we might endure.
Jesus showed us His love when He gave His life for us on the cross. We have the wonderful opportunity to choose to give our lives for Him as a response.
Please pray with us.
- Pray that campers would choose to submit their lives to the will of God.
- Pray that God would give them the strength to rise above the temptations of this world and break away from sin.
- Pray that the campers would be unified in love.