The most important thing we will ever teach our children is the gospel – the good news of Jesus Christ – his death burial and resurrection, all for the payment of their sins. Yes, their sins. It is important for them to know that they are sinners- but that God has a heart for them so much he made a way for them to know Him and make Him known.
Once our children become children of the King- then it is time to instill in them the importance of the Great Commission. Join me as we look at:
1) GO – This is command. So many people want to pray about going to share the gospel. While I do think prayer is a VITAL part in the process, I think we have WHAT we are praying for wrong. We are not to pray about going -we are to pray for God to open the doors of opportunity. As we are going about our daily lives, we are to be sharing the gospel.
2) BAPTIZE- Baptism is a first step of obedience for the new believer and it is an outward manifestation of the inward reality that has happened in our lives. Not only are we to GO and SHARE the gospel, but after people surrender their lives to Jesus, we want to help them to be able to grow. Growing is different then just teaching. Growing equips them to really grow- and encouraging them in their young walk with the Lord is vital.
3) TEACH- We need to teach them God’s Word- to observe the things that we know are the truths found in scripture.
God promises us to be with us as we do these things that He has commanded us to do.
When it comes to all nations- sometimes this gets hard. For kids and grown ups. Yet, salvation is about multiplication – each one reaching one – and one more, and one more – and well, the results are endless! We see here that Jesus sent the disciples, and by multiplication – us – to the nations. We can go on and read Acts 1:8, as Jesus was ascending up to heaven, Christ gave this command,
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV)
The regions listed in this verse are vital:
1) Jerusalem- This was the Holy City. The disciples people were known to be here. This was also the current location of where the disciples were as Jesus gave them the command. They were to start right where they were at. Mamas, specifically, this is for us. I always thought my call was to go to the uttermost parts of the world. Right now, God has me in my home, in South Carolina. My mission is still the same. I am the missionary to my home – the three children God has given me. I am the missionary to my grocery store, my bank tellers, the waitress, and my kids friends mom. The same is true for our kids. They are missionaries to the neighborhood kids, their families, teachers, friends at school, and everywhere they go with you. There is no reason for sure to not go – for there is a lost world right in our own backyard. We all have a Jerusalem.
2) Judea- This was the region surrounding Jerusalem. Think of it as our country. Wherever you live, including the United States, there are people who need to know Jesus. You can take your kids to do mini mission projects in the cities and states around you. Even as you go on vacation, you can visit new states and places, and share the gospel as you go. Maybe they can leave tracts or notes or even boldly proclaim the gospel in different places they go. We all have a sphere of influence outside of our home town- and the world really isn’t unreachable.
3) Samaria- This is the interesting one. If you remember, the Samaritians were not overly liked by the Jews. Actually, the Jews could not stand them. They were considered the lowest of the low. None of us would be quick to point out the Samaritians in our lives- but we all have them. They are near to our home (Samaria wasn’t far from Judea) and yet, we have issue with them. Maybe they are someone who hasn’t been kind to our kids- that we have to teach them to love them through it. Maybe it is an ethnic group that your family has had to work through. No matter who we are, we all have someone (if we are honest – at some point) that we said, “Anywhere but THERE, Lord” or “AnyONE but THEM, Lord.” We need to train our kids to love even those that are hardest to love – and to love them like Jesus.
4) Ends of the Earth- As we train our children to Love God, to be in His Word and Prayer, they will grow in sharing the Gospel too. It is the only natural thing- the closer and more intimate they become with their Savior, the more they will want to share His love and Good News with others. There is no telling where God will take someone who has a heart like that.
We want to raise our kids to be Kingdom Builders- worshiping Jesus by bringing more worshipers to His feet. How do we do it?
1) Model it. Yes, Mama. I have said it about everyone. one. of. these. disciplines. It has to be real in your life if it is going to be real in theirs.
2) Make It A Priority: Look for opportunities, as you go, for your whole family to be engaged in Kingdom Building!!!
3) Memorize– We need to memorize God’s Word so that we can share the gospel whenever an opportunity happens.
4) Pray- Not about IF you should go – but how to make it happen, and for God to open your eyes (and theirs!) to opportunities
5) GO! Again, it is a command – not a suggestion. Simple. Go.
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