LESSON 3: THE GOAL OF THE SOUL
What Is the Goal of the Soul?
Our souls were built for relationship with God. That relationship once founded in Christ, can either be cultivated or neglected. Remember back to your childhood for a moment. When you learned to turn cartwheels or dive headfirst into the pool, did you shout, “Daddy! Look at me”? How about when you got good grades, your first job, or got engaged? In a healthy father-child relationship it is natural to want to please Dad. How much more so our perfect heavenly Father? Cultivating our relationship with God means aiming to please him out of love, not obligation. When we love God with our soul we are pleased to please Him. Take a nice slow read of the following two passages and then prayerfully reflect on how we can help the kids cultivate their soul relationship with the Father.
“And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
Jesus (John 8:29)
“I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”
David (Psalm 40:8)
BIG IDEA: The soul that belongs to Jesus wants to please Him.
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
1 Peter 2:25
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. – Mark 12:30
Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. – Psalm 62:1-2
- What are some things we do that lead our soul away from God?
- If the soul doesn’t belong to God, who does it belong to?
- How is having a relationship with God, different from having a relationship with man?
Think about areas in your life that displease God. Ask Him to give your soul a makeover, and fill it with all that pleases Him.
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ABOUT FAMILY QUEST: At Reston Bible Church, we firmly believe that parents are a child’s first and most important spiritual leader. In order to support you that mission, we have created a parent devotional and some discussion starters to go along with each lesson your grade school age children are learning at Quest on Sundays. Our hope and prayer is that this material will help you to engage with your children around the topics they are learning on Sunday mornings, answer their questions, go deeper with them, and find real, day-to-day applications. We are honored to be able to partner with you in the critical task of sharing Christ with the next generation.