What purple words from the Ephesians printout last week did you meditate on this week? How did you intentionally strive after God rather than fleeing from Him in your sin?
- Why do you think running from God results in us being two-faced?
- When you are around your friends at school, in what ways do you struggle to be genuinely you?
- When you are in the Virtual world, in what ways do you struggle to be genuinely you?
- When you are around your parents, in what ways do you struggle to be genuinely you?
- When you are at church, in what ways do you struggle to be genuinely yourself?
- When you are alone in the presence of God (in prayer, scripture, worship, your thoughts at night), in what ways do you struggle to be genuinely, vulnerably you?
- In Jonah’s story, we learn that we can’t straddle the line of 2 (or more!) versions of ourselves. What are some results of living that way?
- Your sin will find you out
- losing friends at school or church
- non-Christian friends notice you’re different and then press harder for you to ‘prove’ you are like them, leading to more compromise/sin
- people losing trust in you
- a stagnant walk with God—never move to be “all in”
- missed blessings or opportunities from God
- Slavery to a sin, struggle, insecurity, or incorrect view of yourself
Stop living with multiple versions of yourself. Take off the mask and be the real you- in your faith, your struggles, your convictions- no matter who you are with or where you are at so that you can move forward in all that God has purposed for you.