And all your [spiritual] children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children.(A)
-Isaiah 54:13 (Amplified Bible)
A.Isaiah 54:13 : John 6:45
Last night as I was asked for "More soupy please!" at dinner, I was led to meditate on this Scripture above. While my little ones are young and learning so many things each day, it forces me to think back when I was young and try to remember how I processed things to keep the right perspective. I want to fill my children's bowls with more, and fill their hearts with more of Jesus and teach them as they can understand at their heart's level, the love our Lord has for us and the importance of g r o w i n g in Christ. But most importantly, where and how that begins.
I read a wonderful post on a blog this morning at The M.O.B. Society: "Don't just ask Jesus into your heart" (Not just parents, but everyone should read this if you plan on sharing Jesus with others and have hopeful prayer for their salvation. This message may share and help deliver a better understanding, the fullness of God's heart and His loving desire to reach you/us and save you/us, not just save you/us but Keep you/us.)
It made me really think deeply of how I share Jesus with my children (I'm starting there because they are my responsibility and top priority) and then it made me think of how I'm sharing Him with others. I remember when I was a little girl, on fire for the Lord and how I felt then. Pretty full of Jesus. I also know how I felt through the years after and how I still had my faith, but my daily walk was not so straight. My personal relationship was not so loyal. I never really drew into the clear message that goes along with accepting Jesus as my Saviour. My relationship with Jesus today is so very different because of the understanding that I now have at 37. As I read the post at The M.O.B. Society I enjoyed reading the comments that followed and drew even more of an understanding on how to share Him with not just my children, but with others.
One of the comments made really spoke to my heart:
"First, God was always forgiving, long before Jesus, God was always forgiving. Read the old testament. What Jesus did was set us free, bought us back, (That’s what redeem actually means) and gave us His spirit so we have his power to not return to the bondage that sin kept us in.
Jesus willingly offered himself in exchange for all of us, to set us all free. When we invite him in we are asking him to put his life into us, so that we can, right now, be participants with him in his kingdom, and with him do the work of redeeming the world, which was our original job before we ate the apple and lost the life of his spirit. That’s an exciting reason to be following him.
The gospel isn’t about sin management, it’s about being fully human and fully alive. And that’s something even a 5 year old can understand.
I would say this with the juice and the cup, and I do to my kids “here, this is to remember that Jesus gave himself to set us free, and make it so we have the power to live righteously. Let’s ask him again, right now, to give us his spirit and help us to love him and others today, and every day. Because we will need his help.”
There are stages of realizing grace. Don’t make your kids wait for a magical crisis moment to learn that they can ask for help to live righteously. Don't teach them that they need a crisis moment that they remember to truly be “saved”. Many children raised in Christian homes remember walking with God from birth. Isn’t that infinitely better?"
-Carrien at She Laughs at the Days
You draw your own from it and ask that the Lord will speak to you in a way you can best understand. Your relationship is between you and Him. He loves you and wants to draw you in and Keep you. I love that this post made us think about talking to our children, but we are all God's children and we are to never lose sight of that. So this reached me well by explaining it on a child's level.
I pray that this post reaches you today and if you haven't yet asked Jesus to be your Lord, Saviour and Deliverer, that you will consider it and if it's still unclear, my hope is that you will feel comfortable enough to ask for prayer.
Just send me, Mama Bear, a simple message at firstname.lastname@example.org and just ask me to pray for you. I find an abundance of joy in praying for you, whoever you are, no matter what the prayer is about. If you feel more comfortable, just start by praying for yourself and ask God to show you whatever it is you need understanding on or help with. Our Heavenly Father will begin to reveal some amazing things. Only you will then begin to believe for more. Write them down, date them and look back. It's an incredible journey! His Living Word has all the answers, but begin with prayer. If you need a couple of verses to start living by, remember these two.....
"Don't Worry About Anything, but Pray about Everything."
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
"Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths."