Today in our Romans Study for Kids we will be digging into Romans 12:3-8… Remember this study is meant to go along with the NASB translation.
Read Romans 12:3 and answer the following questions.
What does Paul say to us who are believers in Jesus?
not to __ __ __ __ __ more __ __ __ __ __ __ of himself than he ought to think
How are we to think?
with __ __ __ __ __ judgment
What has God allotted to each of us who are His?
a __ __ __ __ __ __ __ of __ __ __ __ __
Who allots it and measures it out?
The Pastor We do God Your Mother
What word does Romans 12:3 begin with?
__ __ __
The word “for” in this verse is used as a conjunction. Do you know what a conjunction is?
A conjunction is a connecting word. This word is used to connect a train of thought.
To find out what the “for” in Romans 12:3 is connecting to we have to look at the verses that come before it. Read Romans 12:1-2 again.
Romans 12:1 begins with the word “Therefore”. This word is also a connecting word. We can say that Romans 12 is being driven and pulled by the verses that come before it. That big engine represents all that you learned in Romans 1 – 11.
The first box car behind it represents Romans 12:1-2. Write Romans 12:1 in the space above the boxcar and color your boxcar.
Now Romans 12:3 is the next boxcar. The one connected to the Romans 12:1-2 boxcar. Write Romans 12:3 in the space above the boxcar and color your boxcar.
Read Romans 12:4-5. What does this verse begin?
__ __ __
That’s right! Another connecting word. Let’s add another boxcar. Write Romans 12:4-5 in the space above the boxcar and color your boxcar.
Now read Romans 12:1-5 all together and picture in your mind how the therefore’s and for’s all connect in one train of thought being pulled by the engine of Romans 1 – 11. As we study through the rest of Romans you can imagine that all that you learn is hooking up to this Romans 1-11 engine.
Now to get back to Romans 12:3-5.
Do you remember what you learned in Romans 6:3-7? When we believe the gospel it is like we were placed in Christ’s body and we died on the cross with Him, we were buried in the tomb with Him, and we rose from the dead with Him. We became a part of His body.
Look up and read 1 Corinthians 12:27. Use the verse to fill in the blanks below.
Now __ __ __ are Christ’s __ __ __ __, and individually __ __ __ __ __ __ __ of __ __.
If we are members of Christ’s body how important is it that we present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God?
kind of important not important very important
THINK ABOUT IT…
Is there any part of your body that you would want to do without? Or is every part of your body needed?
Let’s say you no longer have thumbs. Will you notice that they are missing? Are your thumbs just as important to you as your feet?
Get some tape or a piece of cloth and tie or tape down your thumbs. See how long you can go without needing them.
Romans 12:3-5 teaches us that when God makes us a part of the body of Christ we are given a gift to serve in this body. This gift is given to us by the Holy Spirit that comes to dwell in us when we are saved (Romans 8:9). We don’t pick our gifts, God does.
As you watched this video from Tinkerbell did Tinkerbell choose her gift or is her gift chosen for her?
That’s right. She didn’t pick her gift. In the same way, we don’t pick our gift in the body of Christ either. God does.
In this video Tinkerbell decides she doesn’t like her gift and she is going to try and learn to do another gift instead. How did it work out for her?
It didn’t. No matter how hard she tried she could not do the other gifts right. They were not her gifts.
She needed to learn how to use her gift to the best of the measure that had been allotted her.
Read Romans 12:6-8 and see if what you learned from Tinkerbell helps you to understand what God is teaching us in these verses.
What does Romans 12:6 say about our gifts?
they differ they are the same
How do they differ?
according to the __ __ __ __ __ given us
Who gives us grace?
__ __ __
What different gifts are listed in Romans 12:6-8?
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
__ __ __ __ _i_ _n_ _g_
__ __ __ __ __ _i_ _n_ _g_
__ __ __ __ __ __ _i_ _n_ _g_
__ __ __ _i_ _n_ _g_
__ __ __ __ _i_ _n_ _g_
showing __ __ __ __ __
What happened when Tinkerbell stopped trying to do the jobs that she was not gifted to do and started giving her best to the gift that she was given?
That’s right! All the fairies were able to work together using their own special gifts to bring spring.
When we each do what God has gifted us to do then the whole body of Christ works together to bring glory to the kingdom of God.
That’s enough for now! Next we will dig into Romans 12:9-21.