Mission Incredible: The Readiness
Our preparation for “Mission Incredible” is to live lives of purity, repentance and holiness so we can be ready for our mission when God calls us!
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Mission Incredible: The Readiness
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What does the Bible say?
Memorize this verse
This week’s verse: I Timothy 5:22b – “Do not…take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.” (ESV)
What truth is God speaking to us through His Word?
Listen for God’s voice through the verse
Live a life of purity so you are ready for your Mission Incredible for Jesus!
What can we learn about these truths?
Draw your kids into this concept through this reading
When we belong to Jesus, we have an amazing calling on our lives. I love talking about our “Mission Incredible” and discussing our spiritual disciplines, spiritual armor and spiritual gifts.
This week, we are going to talk about another really important thing that Paul taught Timothy, and that is about how important it was for him to live a life of purity.
Purity is living a clean life before God.
We are in “Readiness” mode for our “Mission Incredible” when we live a life of purity, holiness and repentance. “Readiness” is so important in our “Mission Incredible.” We can do our spiritual disciplines, like memorizing God’s Word and praying. We can use our spiritual gifts and do spiritual battles for God. However, if our lives are not pure, we will not be able to do all that God has called us to do. We may not even see the calling He has on us because our vision is clouded by other things.
Sin confuses us in our walks with God; it gets us off track from our “Mission Incredible.” We cannot fully focus on training for godliness and simultaneously (or, at the same time) do what is wrong. It’s one or the other. We cannot run after our spiritual disciplines when we are running after sin. We cannot be strong for the Lord if we are doing what His Word tells us not to do.
We want to live pure lives for Jesus! Being pure is not about being perfect. It is about doing what is right in God’s eyes and, when we do wrong, asking for His forgiveness and turning away from that sin so that our lives are clean for Him. That is how we are “Ready” for our “Mission Incredible.”
Let’s memorize our verse about this! It says:
I Timothy 5:22b – “Do not…take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.” I Timothy 5:22b
(Let’s be sure to say the reference before and after the verse, so that we can remember its “address” in the Bible!)
I love talking to you about living clean lives ready to serve God! I’m so proud of you kids!!
What questions do we have about this?
Talk about the questions that arise
– What does it mean to be pure? (to live a clean life before God; to confess our sins so that our hearts can be clean; to do what’s right in God’s eyes and ask forgiveness when we sin)
– What are some of the sins that make our lives dirty? (rebellion, unforgiveness, lying, stealing, sexual immorality)
– Does being pure mean being perfect? (no!) Does God forgive us when we sin? (yes, when we ask for His forgiveness!)
– How do we live with purity before God? (ask forgiveness when we do wrong; live the way He tells us to)
– What are some things we participate in that can make our lives unclean? Are there movies, books, tv shows, or music that God is bringing to your mind as impure?
– What about social media? What are some social media things that make our lives dirty? What are some clean, pure choices? (NOTE: This is such an important conversation! Don’t rush!)
What is another word for pure? (Clean)
How can we be pure for Jesus? (by making good choices, by doing what He tells us to do, by giving our hearts to Him…)
What else does the Bible say about these truths?
Look at this concept in other places in God’s Word
Old Testament: Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.” (ESV) You guard your way by paying attention to God’s Word. All throughout Scripture, from the very beginning to the end, God tells us how He wants us to live. When we listen to Him speak to us – like through the Word and Whispers – we will hear Him guide us in a life of purity, repentance and holiness.
New Testament: The Apostle Paul taught Timothy that who he was friends with would affect the purity of his life. Paul said: “Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22) In other words, when you are on “Mission Incredible,” you should be picky about your people.
Here’s what I mean by that. Part of your “Mission Incredible” is to love others into a relationship with Jesus! This can sometimes mean caring for people who do not seek to live clean, holy lives for God right now. And that’s okay – God wants us to be His light for everybody!
However, your closest friends – the ones choose to trust, the ones you allow to influence you – these must be people who are seeking to live their “Mission Incredible” for Jesus, too.
If a friend in your life is trying to get you to do something that you know is wrong, the Bible says to “Flee!” Run away! Get away as fast as you can! That doesn’t mean you should be mean or rude, but it does mean that you guard your life by being picky about the people who influence you.
When you’re choosing a close friend, ask yourself: is this someone who: Seeks to do what’s right? Loves Jesus like you do? Is a person of peace and love? Apologizes when they do wrong? Seeks to live a clean life for God?
You can tell whether or not someone is trying to live their “Mission Incredible” for Jesus by what they are pursuing. If your friend is seeking to live a life of purity, chances are that person will help you do the same. Choose your friends wisely because the purity – or, “The Readiness” – of your life depends on it!
How can we live out these truths?
Suggested Idea: Sometime during the course of this lesson, make a point to have dinner as a family. Set the table with dirty dishes, forks, knives, cups, etc. Perhaps even put out dirty napkins. Don’t make mention of this or, if the family notices it, talk about it. Just act as if everything is normal, serving up dinner (in clean dishes, of course!) and calling everyone to the table. Pray over dinner like normal, then start passing food like normal. At some point, somebody is going to be repulsed by putting their food on dirty dishes. When they speak up, use this as your opportunity to talk as a family about why clean dishes are more useful than dirty dishes. Let this conversation lead into talking about the things in our lives that make us impure, or “dirty dishes,” to God.
Then, read this: Listen to what the Bible says about this. Paul continually challenged young Timothy to keep his life clean for God. One time, Paul used this example:
“Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also those of wood and clay; some for honorable use and some for dishonorable. So if anyone purifies himself from anything dishonorable, he will be a special instrument, set apart, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:20-21 CSB
Paul taught Timothy to keep his life pure and prepared for Jesus, kind of like being a clean bowl or plate ready to be used for a special meal. This is true for our lives even today! We can do all the training we want for being incredible for God; we can have super special spiritual gifts. However, if our lives aren’t pure, we’re not going to be prepared for the special jobs God has for us. You are going to need to go back into the dishwasher, so to speak, just like these dirty dishes.
Suggested idea: get up as a family, put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, reset the table and start dinner over again, with the following prayer…
How shall we respond to the Lord for these truths?
Praise and prayer as a family
Lord God, help us to be a family ready to live our Mission Incredible for You. We know that we will never be perfect; we sin against You and others more often than we care to think about. However, we ask You to forgive us and wash our lives clean, for Your Glory! We want to be prepared to do anything and everything You call us to, ready at a moment’s notice, not sidetracked by sin or impurity. So help us to live pure and holy lives by Your mercy, grace and power. We love You Jesus! Amen!
Family Disciple Me
Speak this blessing prayer over your children
My dear child, may you fight the good fight of the faith. May you take hold of the eternal life to which you were called. May you keep God’s command without spot or blemish until Jesus finishes the work He started in you. (1 Timothy 6:12-14, Philippians 1:6) I’m right here beside you, cheering you on in Jesus’ Name, as you live your “Mission Incredible” for Him. Amen!
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