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Rulership: God’s Managers

December 28, 2019

A STAR IS BORN

You may have heard of King Christian X of Denmark. But what happened in Denmark is a truly inspiring story.

On April 9, 1940, German troops overran the country and made Denmark an offer. If the country offered no resistance, Germany would respect Danish political independence. Left with no other options, they agreed, and entered into a five-year-long occupation. King Christian X became known as a protector of the Jews. A number of stories tell how he snubbed Hitler and the Nazis. Every day he made it a point to ride his horse, unarmed and unescorted, through the streets of Copenhagen to illustrate his continuing claims for national sovereignty. He rejected many aspects of the occupation and made speeches against Germany.

As the Danes’ resistance became bolder, Hitler demanded that the Danish government declare a state of emergency. When the government refused and resigned, the German commander-in-chief imposed martial law. The arrest and deportation of Danish Jews was finally ordered on October 2, 1943. But, behind Germany’s back, the Danish government warned the Jews to go into hiding and conducted secret negotiations with Sweden to take them in. Only 450 of Denmark’s 7,500 or 8,000 Jews were arrested and sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Of those, nearly 90 percent made it back to Denmark after the war.

Thousands of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust because of the bravery and courage of not only their government officials but also ordinary people who were willing to help. The courage of the Danish people in opposing the Nazis and risking their lives in heroic efforts to shelter their Jewish neighbors and help them escape the Nazis is a great evidence to the difference that human beings can make by God’s grace when they act out of principle and ethical conduct.

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Sabbath

FOR STUDY

Memory Text: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10, NKJV).

Our Beliefs, no. 17, Spiritual Gifts and Ministries: “God bestows upon all members of His church in every age spiritual gifts that each member is to employ in loving ministry for the common good of the church and of humanity.”

Ellen G. White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 91-93

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Sunday

RESPONDING

Read Luke 6:31.

Kara comes from a poor family. She wears the same old clothes every day. Not only that, but she doesn’t eat lunch very often. She says she’s not hungry, but you know better. She’s not eating because she can’t afford to buy lunch and there’s not enough food at home for her to bring a bag lunch.

You’ve got plenty of food and drawers full of clothes at home. How can you be a good steward of the resources God has given you to help Kara, who is less fortunate? Would you give her your best? Or the clothes you don’t care for and all the cans of lima beans?

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Monday

BIBLE ANSWERS ON SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND MINISTRIES

Read 1 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Peter 4:10, 11.

Everything we have God has blessed us with. Every blessing God has given us should be shared and used to serve Him. We should always represent God as strong, thinking men and women—taking a stand for truth and for what is right.

What are the “gifts” of a Christian leader?

How does a Christian lead and care for others?

“The path of men who are placed as leaders is not an easy one. But they are to see in every difficulty a call to prayer” (Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 31).

Fill in the blanks using the words from the word bank.

same given ministry gifts leads prophecy individually many not exhorts use teaches all differing gives

“For as we have members in one body, but the members do have the function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and members of one another. Having then according to the grace that is to us, let us them: if, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or, let us use it in our ministering; he who, in teaching; he who, in exhortation; he who, with liberality; he who, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:4-8, NKJV).

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Tuesday

REFLECTING

Read Psalm 24:1.

OK, so you get that all your stuff belongs to God and you’re just borrowing it, so it’s real important to treat it the way God wants you to. But all this ruler stuff seems so far off in the future. Who could possibly care about politics or the environment or people in developing countries now? Well, you for one. Because the world you live in today is going to be the world the grown-ups give you tomorrow. You’ve got to start caring about what’s going on with it now so you know what to do with it when the time comes.

If your brother was going to give you his car as soon as you got your license, when would you start caring how he treated the car? The day you got your license? No way! You’d nag him not to get it all scratched up off-roading with his friends. You’d be sure it was washed and vacuumed out. You’d probably even wax it. You might read the owner’s manual, even though most of it wouldn’t make sense, just because you know that someday you’ll own the car. You want it to be in the best shape possible.

It’s the same way with the earth. Now is the time to care about it. Get involved. Not necessarily in a big way, but in a way that feels comfortable to you, in an area that interests you. Crazy about dolphins? See what you can do to help protect them. Like to do nice things for people? Volunteer at a shelter. Everything you do makes a difference and gets you ready to take over the care of the world when the time comes.

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Wednesday

BIBLE INSIGHTS

Fill in the blanks. You can find the various Bible versions at BibleGateway.com.

1. “God spoke: ‘Let us make in our, make them our so they can be for the in the sea, the in the air, the cattle, and, yes, itself, and that moves on the face of Earth’ ” (Genesis 1:26, The Message).

2. “The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: ‘The who, who in the of God’ ” (2 Samuel 23:3, NLT).

3. “He prayed, ‘O LORD, God of our, the who is in heaven. You are of the of the. You are and; no one can stand you!’ ” (2 Chronicles 20:6, NLT).

4. “ is he whose is, whose is. is the man to whom the LORD does, and in whose there” (Psalm 32:1, 2, NKJV).

5. “ your, also, and” (Psalm 37:5, NKJV).

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Thursday

CONNECTING

Read Proverbs 16:2, 3.

Review the memory text.

God doesn’t expect you to go out there and conquer the world alone. In fact, He doesn’t expect you to conquer the world at all. But He does want you to share what you have with others—there’s more where it came from because God’s blessing never ends. And He wants you to take an interest in your little corner of the world. Not sure just what He wants you to do? Ask Him. God never expects us to do anything on our own. He always wants us to ask Him for help.

Remember, everything you have and everything you are belongs to God. Dedicate it all to Him. Start in one corner of your room and put your hands on your stuff—your clothes, your CDs, your iPod, your Game Boy, your coats, everything in your room, one by one—and say, “God, I dedicate this to You. It belongs to You. If You have another purpose for it, tell me.“ End with yourself. Dedicate yourself and all your talents to God. Then stand back and brace yourself for all the great things God is going to do in your life!

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Friday

APPLYING THE CUPCAKE PROJECT

Read Psalm 8:6.

Supplies: One individually wrapped cupcake (or other snack cake).

Mission: You must keep your cupcake with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Why? you ask. The cupcake represents the earth and all its resources. We’re responsible for the world we live in nonstop. See how well you take care of your cupcake world for a week.

Each day you must log the condition of your cupcake. You are not, under any circumstances, to leave your cupcake in the care of another individual. Your cupcake must be with you every day. Bring your cupcake to Sabbath School class with you next Sabbath so your class can vote on whose cupcake is in the best condition!

Cupcake Name:

Day 1: Rate your cupcake on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (good).

Condition: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Significant events in the life of my cupcake today:

Day 2: Rate your cupcake on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (good).

Condition: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Significant events in the life of my cupcake today:

Day 3: Rate your cupcake on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (good).

Condition: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Significant events in the life of my cupcake today:

Day 4: Rate your cupcake on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (good).

Condition: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Significant events in the life of my cupcake today:

Day 5: Rate your cupcake on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (good).

Condition: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Significant events in the life of my cupcake today:

Day 6: Rate your cupcake on a scale of 1 (poor) to 10 (good).

Condition: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Significant events in the life of my cupcake today:

Final Sabbath School Scoring (to be done on Sabbath):

Overall cupcake rating compared to other cupcakes:

I received votes for my cupcake.