5 – Monuments of Me
Key Scripture: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
1. God’s infinite value makes us valuable
“So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27
“A healthy self-image is seeing yourself the way God sees you – no more no less.” – Josh McDowell
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable!” – Psalm 139:13-17
“In a desert land, He found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded Him and cared for Him; He guarded Him as the apple of His eye.” – Deuteronomy 32:10
2. God’s cost of salvation verifies our value
“Or don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price…” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” – 1 Peter 1:18-19
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
3. God’s value gives us purpose
“My work all seems so useless. I have spent my strength for nothing and for no purpose at all.” – Isaiah 49:4
“Without vision the people perish.” – Proverbs 29:18
1. What stuck out in your mind about what Todd talked about tonight?
2. Why do you think our culture is so obsessed with “self”? Where does it come from?
3. When you think of the area of “identity” – what is it that you and most other teenagers chasing after?
4. Why do you think there is such an emphasis on “self” in middle and high school? How does that compare to the rest of your life?
5. How can you value yourself without making a monument of yourself?
Read 1 Peter 1:18-19
1. How do these verses show us that God is the ultimate treasure?
2. How do these verses show us that when we see what God did for us, we can better see ourselves?
3. Based on these verses, what actually makes our lives valuable? Why can’t our lives ever be more valuable that Jesus life?
4. How does this passage encourage you to think about what you treasure?
5. What would it look like for you to live differently that the world around you when it comes to the monument of me? How would you be different as a middle school student if you lived to not make yourself great?
Spend some time in personal reflection and prayer about your value and worth. Pray against areas where you make too much of yourself. Pray that pursuing Christ and making Him your focus would be your ultimate treasure.