Friday, October 11, 2013

Family on Purpose {Salvation Doesn't Depend on Me}

Somebody very wise once said, “What you do speaks so loudly, that I cannot hear what you say.”

Let’s get something straight. I’ve been talking a lot about how we need to lead our kids to Jesus and intentionally raise them to be Christ followers. We do. But we can’t put too much of the emphasis on us doing the work of saving our kids.

We can’t save them. That’s Jesus’ job.

The actions of our lives speak even louder than the words we say. If we aren’t living the life of a dedicated Christ follower, then chances are that our kids won’t either. As any parent knows, children are great watchers. They imitate those who are around them, to our great delight or our great embarrassment. If we are not modeling what it looks like to follow Christ they may miss the benefit of seeing Christ in action, through us.

This means we let them see us struggle.

This means we talk about the things God is teaching us.

This means we share what we’re praying about, and how God answers.

This means we live out love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control - even when we don’t feel like it.

My responsibility is to show them the way to Jesus by the way I live my life, and the words I say. But mostly it happens by the way I live my life. However, when my actions are coupled with strategic leading, what I’m saying can become a powerful force in the life of my child. This does not mean that I must live a perfect life in order for my kids to know Jesus, that’s completely untrue and puts way too much pressure on any parent. What it means is that those little eyes need to see my heart and know that I’m on a journey with Jesus.

I will mess up as a parent, so will you and every other adult on this earth. I think our children are more concerned with how we handle our mess ups. Do we take the time to make it right? Do we apologize? Do they see us trying not to make the same mistake twice? Those kind of actions are the ones that preach. No matter what we do, Jesus is the one who saves. We just need to make sure that our lives make it easy for them to see Jesus in us.

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