Crossroads: Don’t Give Up!

Romans 5:1-5

Your Story

Talk about a time when you struggled with something. Did God teach you something through that? Did you grow stronger in your faith?

My Story and the Bible Story

When we were kids, my sister hated school. She didn’t want to do her homework or study, and so there were a lot of times when she didn’t understand things. But when she was in Middle School, she had a really hard time with math. I was in college by that time, and my college roommate tutored her until she finally understood. Once she understood, it was like a light bulb came on. All of a sudden, she got it. And she (somewhat) wanted to do her work because she finally understood it. She grew stronger in math, and she realized that she could actually do well in it.

Read Romans 5:1-5. From The Message: By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit.

So you may be wondering what my sister’s math tutoring has to do with this passage. This passage says that our troubles can make us more patient. When we have a hard time, like my sister did with math, it sometimes feels easier to give up. It can feel that way as a Christian too. There are times when being a Christian is hard. These may be times when your friends are trying to get you to do something that you know you shouldn’t, or when you know you should stand up for someone but you’re afraid everyone will make fun of you. For Christians around the world, there are times when someone even threatens to put them in jail for being a Christian. There are times when it feels easier to give up. But Paul reminds us in Romans that if we continue to follow God even when it’s hard, then our troubles will give us patience. That patience can turn into virtue or perseverance (which means that through your whole life, you continue to follow God even when it’s hard).

So how do we keep going? Thankfully we don’t have to try to keep going alone. God helps us. When we become a Christian, God fills our lives with the Holy Spirit. We can’t see the Holy Spirit, but it helps us know what’s right. It also helps us to know what we should do. And it can give us the strength we need to keep going. So when things are hard, whether you are having a hard time with school or someone is bullying you, keep going, because God will use the Holy Spirit to help you through. Don’t give up!

Discussion and Prayer

  • Ask your child(ren) about times when school has been hard, or they have had a hard time dealing with other people. What did they want to do? What did they do? Did they ask for help from God?
  • Talk about how we can always ask God for help. Share examples of times when God has helped you.
  • Talk about ways we can know that God is there with us.

Thank God for always being there for us, and for helping us when things are hard. Ask God to help you and your family remember that God is always there!

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email