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Devotional – Responsibility
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Outdoor Skills
Core 5: Edge Tools

Devotional – Responsibility


  • Today we learned how to be responsible around sharp tools that could hurt others if used improperly.
  • Now let’s see what the bible says about being responsible.
  • Read, or someone read Teaching verse. FYI: The memory verse is further down

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.


Big picture Strong Christians help to make us want to be better Christians.

  • The teaching verse means just like being responsible for our tools and making them better & sharper, we are responsible to other Christians to help each other be better & sharper.
  • Q: Do any of you have a knife that is yours? Do you know how to sharpen it? If you didn’t before hopefully today, you learned how!
  • “Iron sharpeners” are Strong Christians who help others want to be better Christians.
  • I bet you know some iron sharpeners in your life?
  • I bet there are many “iron sharpeners” in your life: Your Family, your teachers, your friends, even your heritage, can teach you to be a better/stronger Christian.
  • Our verse teaches ”one ... sharpens another“. It's not just others sharpening you, you can sharpen others.
  • Now, speaking about you, being a responsible “iron sharpener”:
    • It’s Important!
    • It’s Taking care of your duties.
    • It’s you Answering for your actions.
    • It’s Accountability.
    • It’s Trustworthiness.
    • It’s A core value for living honorably.
    • It’s Being accountable for your behavior.
    • It’s Being dependable when you have things to do.
  • Others are watching you. They trust you and learn from you by what you do, not what you say.
  • God’s word makes us stronger so we can be great “iron sharpeners.”
  • Heroes of the Bible all have this in common, they made those around them better/sharper.
  • Remember: Strong Christians help to make us want to be better Christians. Be an Iron Sharpener for somebody!

Memory Verse #1

Ask if anybody knows it yet and can say it? Read it together 2X Consider having a memory verse pamphlet for kids take home.

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Topical Questions

  1. How does God’s word (bible) make us stronger?

  2. How do other believers make us stronger?

  3. Think of some things you are responsible for now? (e.g. chores)

  4. When has one of your peers (friends) helped you be stronger in your faith?

Closing Prayer

Encourage them to be responsible, accountable, trustworthy, honorable, and dependable, even when no one is watching, because God is always watching.

Devotional OD05M Version Date: 1/18/2022

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Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13 (ESV)

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