I've been a mom for almost 17 years. I have been intentional about preparing my children to become independent, productive self-sustaining adults. I am training them to love God and serve others in a variety of ways. I'm showing them the importance of putting Jesus first in their lives. But am I preparing them to suffer?
Am I teaching them that as they grow deeper in their relationship with Christ that they will find themselves in increased danger? Am I training them to go to areas of great need and areas of great danger? Do I really want them to be like Jesus? More importantly am I living like Jesus?
These questions have been turning over and over in my mind since I attended Secret Church last week. These questions have caused me to begin evaluating what I focus on in my parenting. Am I
training them to be safe Christians who volunteer only within the church or Christians who are reckless in their service to Christ. Howard Guinness asks "Where are the men and women of this generation who will hold their lives cheap, and be faithful even unto death, who will lose their lives for Christ's, flinging them away for love of him? Where are those who will live dangerously, and be reckless in this service?"
How do I raise up my sons and daughter to be reckless in their service and be completely sold out for Christ and prepared to suffer for His name's sake? I think it starts by teaching them that the only treasure that counts in this life is Christ. Focusing on other things like financial success, social status, human achievements and religious activities leads to a wasted life. Only in Christ do we find fulfillment and satisfaction. Knowing Christ means becoming like Him, even in His sufferings. Philippians 1:29 says "For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake." Living a life sold out to Christ will bring persecution, betrayal, and suffering. It will cost you everything. However, we have found someone worth losing everything for....Jesus Christ. "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil.1:21)
So what does "living like Jesus" look like for my children? It could mean they're on the mission field in a foreign land or the mission field of a local company. They could be teachers in Nicaragua or Dayton, OH. They could work in clinics in Kenya or Atlanta. They could be moms & dads to children of their own or to abandoned children whom noone wanted. I don't know what God has planned for my children but I do know that I need to be preparing them to be open and receptive to God's voice and
leading. So that when God calls, then they will joyfully and boldly say, "Here am I Lord, send me".
What about you? Do you really want your children to be like Jesus if it means they are serving in the dirty and dangerous places of this world?
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.