Who's the boss?
We love to hear about the wonderful love of Christ, the abundant blessings of the Christian life, the joy of our salvation, or the promise of eternal life. Wow, what rush of positive encouragement for living the Christian life, for loving Jesus.
Jesus is our Savior, but remember, He is also our Lord, the boss of our life. He asks us to follow Him, to take up our cross and to give up our lives for the sake of pointing others to Him. This is the part we acknowledge, but many times when living out the Christian life gets hard, we begin to question our commitment, or whine about our circumstances, or question God’s fairness.
So how does this apply to our kids, to our families? As we teach our children about the love of Christ, we need to balance that with the sacrifice and service that are a part of our relationship with God.
If our children only hear about how God loves and cares for them, we are teaching them a self-serving Gospel. Our natural response to God’s love should be service and sacrifice. This must be taught and modeled to our children. Most of our children do not know what regular sacrifice and service really looks like, because most adults don’t.
The Christian life is difficult, and many times it leaves us with questions. But that is the cool thing about faith. We learn to trust God no matter what. Even when things in our lives don’t make sense, even when we feel like God isn’t there, God is. It’s about faith. It’s about trust. We learn that from walking through tough times, and seeing how God works intimately in the details of our lives and the lives of those around us.
Do you want your family to grow-up in their faith? Look for opportunities to teach and model the life of Jesus with them and to them. Watch them grow through the hard and wonderful experiences of service and sacrifice.
Some ideas for deeper study
Hebrews 12: 1, 2
Romans 5: 1-5, 8:18, 38-39, 12: 1,
2 Ephesians 2: 8-9, 5:1, 2
Matthew 28:19, 20
Mark 12: 30.31
Lori Ferguson serves as Children's Director at Navarre UMC, and has been at the church since 2015. When she's not planning or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her grandkids. Read more about Lori here.