Family life – ideal for making disciples.
If you are responding to my previous entries, and you’re enthusiastic about the ‘obedience of faith’ (Romans 1:2-6) as it applies to your family, I’d like to offer some advice. Please note, as with so many spheres of influence, your options for resources in these matters are numerous – in some ways – enormous. Consider enlisting help from grandparents, other relatives, or a small group of fellow parents who would like to take this journey with you.
And a disclaimer: my experience is limited; anything I recommend is incomplete. You will probably find other resources to lead you to strategies and best practices that work well with the children God has entrusted to you. Go for it!
Here are four questions to which you can get valuable answers:
- What resources are available and where does one find them?
- What kind of instruction best accomplishes the task of disciple-making?
- What practices (disciplines) are critical?
- What opportunities for outreach are best suited to family life?
I may be stating the obvious, here, but I firmly believe that mobilizing the family for outreach – to be God’s team – must be built on the foundation of obedience to the Great Commandment. (Matt. 22:37-40) and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20).
If compassion is simply an add-on to your kids’ daily agendas, or if you introduce ethnic diversity simply as an item of interest, you do little more than secular educators. Our world is full of humanitarian efforts and relief that are not done in the name of Christ. ‘Need’ alone is not enough to carry you through periods of doubt and difficulty.
If you motivate kids solely by the needs of others, you will have missed the mark. Our reason to be on mission in God’s Kingdom is first of all to bring glory to our Father in Heaven. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. (Luke 11:2)
And, I’m not making a pitch to grow missionaries. That may be a calling for some, but it is not a calling for all. The universal ‘call’ is found in Romans 1:7, …called to be saints…called to follow Jesus.
We’re all looking for practical ideas, recipes for success, illustrations to show how it’s done. Why not start a family journal in a notebook or scrapbook, where you can record these as you find them.
On to some ideas about resources next time. As always, we invite you to put in your ‘two cents.’ Pennies for your good thoughts…