Athlete, Be Challenged

*This devotional series was written by the AIA staff team at the University of Virginia

Read Genesis 25:1-18

How can we encapsulate Abraham's life?  We remember the times that his faith faltered. He used deception instead of relying on God. He participated in the sins of his culture in regard to marriage and sought to make God's promise come true by his own ways. But we also remember the many times that he trusted the LORD with everything - his future, his possessions, his son, his son's marriage, etc.

Thankfully, Scripture encapsulates Abraham's life for us (Romans 4; Hebrews 11:8-19; John 8:56-58).  In the end, Abraham is counted as a righteous one, a man full of faith in the only One who can give him life. His many sins are covered and his righteous acts are perfected in Christ, the promised offspring.

Questions for Reflection & Prayer

1. What part of Abraham's life challenges you most?

2. How are you tempted to participate in, approve of, or ignore the cultural sins of today?   Think about popular culture, definitions of success, busyness, athletics, sexuality, political discourse, greed, oppression/injustice, etc.

3. Do you realize, today, that your sins are covered in Christ and that He is living in you to perfect you in his image?

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