Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Parental Mission Field

If you are a parent have you ever considered the mission field? I know for many of you the thought of packing up your family to move halfway across the world does not sound appealing. But that is not what I am talking about when I ask you to consider your mission field. Yes we need and love those families who have packed up everything to move and minister to a certain group of people in a specific country but the mission field I am talking about is in our own home. As parents we have a mission field at the house.

Followers of Jesus Christ are called to be faithful proclaimers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have our commission from the God of the universe. So often in our Christianized culture we tend to think that is a job for missionaries and pastors only but that is not the case. We are all called to be lights in this dark world. We are called to be a city on a hill whose light cannot be hidden. We are called to be ambassadors for Christ pleading with people to be reconciled to God. As parents the best place I know to do this is in our own home with our children. God has given us precious gifts in our children but sadly, we too often forget they are sinners in need of a Savior. We can get too busy pinching their cheeks and telling them how cute they are rather than letting them know of sin and how it separates them from holy God. We are more concerned with getting them to church to learn all the Christian songs and memorize Bible verses rather than being faithful gospel proclaimers at home with our words and actions. Psalm 145:4 says, "One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts." This is what we are able to as parent who love Christ.

Everyday God gives you is to be used for his glory. If he should bless you with another day of dolls and tree houses than you have another great opportunity to speak of his glorious gospel on the mission field. Kids are not automatically Christians because of their parents or their church. Kids are natural born sinners in need of Jesus Christ. Believing parents are a gift to their children because they can proclaim the truth of the cross over and over. Have you been faithful? Your child's eternity is at stake.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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