Jesus is man and is God. He is the incarnate Word. He has all authority given to Him as judge and executioner. He is Love, merciful, full of grace, and just.
Don’t mess with His children. Vengeance is His.
In my mind when Jesus starts saying “but whoever”, His tone gets real serious and deep and His eyes show a strong resolve.
Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
MATTHEW 18:4-6 NASB
Your Faith and Salvation are personal. My faith doesn’t cover my children and their sin doesn’t condemn me. Although it seems like many parents try and make both of those things a reality in their home.
As parents we need to take time to train our children on the reasons behind our faith. And then live out that faith. That doesn’t mean we can be sinless examples to our children. It means we admit when we have sinned and repent in an open and observable way.
Many times while we are worried about getting our children to school and taking them to multiple sports practices and games, we forget to prepare them for the spiritual battles they will face in high school, college and life. Which is unfortunate, because their eternal soul is much more valuable that their athletic or scholastic prowess and earning potential.
What do we as parents do? I won’t pretend to know exactly. But here is what I am going to do based on the Biblical directive; “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)
- Commit to understanding why I believe. My experiential faith may not work for others.
- Continue to read, learn and share the doctrine, life examples and Word of God as given to us in the Bible. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Prepare for the tough questions about why I believe and be ready to give a defense. We should research and formulate our answers and practice them. (Plenty of online videos and books)
- Put myself in situations that require me to practice my evidentiary and researched defense of my faith.
- Schedule time to train my children and equip them with the knowledge they need to answer the big questions that they will be asked from non-believers and false teachers.
- Put my children in controlled situations to experience atheistic and/or false doctrine. And then debrief and examine the proper defense and theology.
- Prepare my children to know that even if a teacher or authority figure makes a good case or puts on a good presentation against the existence of God, it does not mean it is true. (This happens in college all the time)
Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die. The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord God . “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you. Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have committed and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God . “Therefore, repent and live.”
EZEKIEL 18:4, 20-20, 30-32 NASB
I hope you are all taking time to write in your legacy journals. I’ve written a few special pages for my children in each of their books with some encouraging words and insights.
I skipped a few pages for later additions. Now I’m handwriting the Gospel of John for each child. I know I shouldn’t have a favorite book, but I love the way John relays the message of who Jesus is.
My hand isn’t accustomed to writing manually yet, so I can only write a couple paragraphs in each journal before I get a hand cramp. That will correct itself soon. But I want to make sure my handwriting looks good.
Have you started writing in your legacy journal?
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What meanigful things do you plan to leave for your children when you die?
Money and store bought things can be helpful but not as meaningful as a hand made item, a video with your voice or a hand written note from you to them.
Too many people die and leave nothing but a few pictures and random vacation videos to their children and grandchildren. Those videos are precious because it gives the viewer a glimpse of who you were. It can spark a memory or emotional response.
But does that picture or video pass down any wisdom or information about the real you? Your beliefs, dreams and hopes are the essence of who you are.
I encourage each of you to start a journal for the specific reason of passing it down to your children and descendants. Create one for each child with unique insights and encouragement.
Write it by hand not electronically. It’s a legacy item and should take time.
I also encourage you to write in your favorite Bible chapters and stories with your commentary. Give examples of struggles you overcame with God’s help. Provide reasons for the hope you have in Christ Jesus. And also share your failures and God’s grace.
I have a three page letter I carry in my coat chest pocket that my grandmother wrote to me before she died. And I have another letter of stories she wrote to me about my grandfather’s childhood. They are special because she wrote them by hand in a time when hand written notes are far too infrequent.
If you don’t know where to start, just start by writing down the book of Mark. Its the shortest Gospel and will help you learn to write in cursive again.
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