What kind of life do I want my children to live? They are living in a sinful world, learning things I don’t want them to about humanity. As much as I wish I could shield them from this sinful world, I can’t. As they grow, I can try to determine the types of books they read, movies they watch, kids they hang out with, but regardless they will be exposed to sin. Sin is all around them. What can we do? We can teach them how to live a life worth living; a life christ has called us to.
God is an amazing father and He sent His son to live out that life. We have an example right in front of us. What does it show us? Jesus shows us that He is generous, servant-hearted, trusting, and loving. How can we teach these characteristics to our children? Our last blog series taught the importance of modeling to our children. In order to teach our children these characteristics and have them implement them in their lives, we must first model them in our own lives.
The people heard that Jesus and His disciples were in Bethsaida and quickly joined them. After a full day of Jesus healing the sick, the disciple told Jesus to send them away because they didn’t have enough food to feed 5000 men. Instead Jesus told the disciples to have the men break up into groups and feed them. God multiplied the food and there was enough to feed ALL of the men and have left overs.
Jesus had a choice. No one would have blamed Him if He simply said, “Hey everyone we had a great time, but go home and eat.” Ok maybe a little more eloquent than that, but still. The men would have understood. Jesus chose to give what little they had and trust God.
We have all been in similar circumstances. We get our paychecks, see how much we have, and budget accordingly; this much for groceries, this much for fun, etc. Then we see a need in our community, a family that is struggling to buy groceries, someone’s card gets declined in front of us at Starbucks, or we have an opportunity to invite a large family over for dinner. We have a tendency to forget that christ was the one that blessed us with our paycheck. It is because of Him that we have money in our pockets.
Our children watch us turn the cheek and choose to not help people. Am I saying to go out there and spend spend spend on anyone and everyone and expect God to multiply your money each time? No. What I am saying is that we can use what little or much money we have to help others. We can show our children what it means to live a generous life like Jesus.
Here are a few practical ideas…
1. Make bags for the homeless that include items such as a small water, bar of soap, bible, banana, oatmeal, and socks. Keep them in your car and every time you see someone holding up a sign on the street corner, have one of your children hand it to them.
2. Buy coffee for the person behind you at your local coffee shop.
3. Sign your family up to bring a meal to someone in the church and have your children help prepare and deliver the meal.
Our kids learn so much from what we do as a family and what their parents do in front of them. Use that and share the Gospel!
Children’s Ministry Coordinator