As You Walk Along The Way: Practical Encouragement For Parents On The Frontlines
Building A House Upon The Rock Requires More Than Head Knowledge
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Jesus
Has your child professed their faith in Jesus? Have they given their heart and life to Christ? Are you encouraging them to hide God’s Word in their heart and commune with God in prayer? That is wonderful. You are in the minority of Christian parents. You are giving your children the tools that God has provided for us to live the epic adventure He has called us in to. But don’t stop there. Don’t just fill their toolbox. Just like a climber’s faith in his equipment increases as he puts it to the test, so your child’s faith in their spiritual tools and the tool giver will grow as they put them to work.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity” 1 Timothy 4:12.
There is no age threshold for service given in scripture so take them by the hand and jump in. Be intentional. Find a way to serve with your child. Whether that is a local mission trip to hand out food or clothing to the homeless, volunteering together at the church, visiting the elderly at one of our local assisted living centers, helping a neighbor in need, adopting a missionary or even traveling to visit a missionary overseas and participate in their work. There are a vast number of ways your child can put their faith to work. “Don’t merely listen to the word…do what it says” James 1:22. Help them build their house upon the rock. The blessings will be clear. God’s Word will come alive in a new and fresh way for them. They will see God’s power at work in their lives. Their prayer life will be enriched. Their worship will come from a deeper appreciation for their God and King. Don’t delay. Imagine taking your child to soccer practice week after week but never letting them play in a game. Put ‘em in coach!