In previous blogs, I talked about the fact that God has given the responsibility of passing His legacy to the next generation to the parents. Below are some things that I talked about:
- Make a list of the qualities that you would like to see your children internalize.
- Make a list of who (people) and what (technology) are talking to your children throughout the day and what are they saying. Does what they say match the qualities you are trying to instill?
- Create a team of people and resources that will walk alongside of you to help you pass God’s legacy to your children and instill godly qualities in them.
- Be an example.
- Make your home a safe place (physically, emotionally, spiritually, academically, and socially).
- Pray as a family.
Another extremely important component that is necessary to complete the pass is to minister together as a family. Ministry begins at home. Youth group ends; the family does not. If your children are only reaching out to others through the youth group, chances are when it stops, so will they. If you minister as a family and start when they are young, it becomes a way of life and does not end until the Lord calls your children home. Ministering for Christ as a family is to be done seven days a week.
Ask yourself, “Where did Christ do most of His ministering?” He did it when he was out and about. Look up, Matthew 9:35-38; 14:14; 20:34. There are four key components in these verses that teach us how to minister to a lost and dying world.
- The Need: Jesus saw a need with the lost, the blind, and the sick. These people did not come to Jesus when He was sitting at home playing cards and watching TV. He was about His Father’s business. The first thing you must do is look around for people who do not know Christ or are hurting in some way. Ask God to bring someone to your attention.
- Compassion: After Jesus saw a need, He was moved with compassion (sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it). He did not just say, “I feel sorry for that blind man; instead, He did something so the blind man could see. He did not just say, “These people are treating Me horribly, they deserve to go to hell!” No, instead He said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” He then died on the cross so the lost could have salvation and a way to the Father. If God has brought someone to your attention, do you feel enough to want to see their situation changed?
- Did something: Christ took action and did something to make a difference. He touched the blind man’s eyes, reached out to the sinner, and died on a cross to save us from hell. People will not grow in the Lord without teachers; they will not get saved without someone sharing the gospel. Now, ask the Lord what you can do to help the person He brought to your mind.
- There were results: The blind men received sight, the sick were healed, and people accepted Christ as their only way to heaven. If you share the gospel, people will be saved. If you have a Bible study, people will grow in the Lord. The list goes on.
Be on the lookout for ways that you can be God’s hands and feet throughout the day. Listed are some ideas to get you started:
- When someone new moves into the neighborhood, make cookies or a bread, go over, and introduce yourselves. If your new neighbors have moved from far away, you can familiarize them with the neighborhood (places to shop, activities, and points of interest that are close by).
- Have an elderly neighbor? Rake her leaves, cut her lawn, shovel her snow, go over just to keep her company, or offer to take her to the doctor or grocery shopping.
- A friend or family member has someone close to them pass away. Go as a family to the funeral home. Make food for the family and take it to their home. Have the children make cards of sympathy. As they get older, they will automatically know what to do when someone dies. There was a dead bat in my neighbor’s backyard and the first thing my eight-year-old granddaughter said was, “Let’s have a funeral for it.”
- A friend just told me that she and her sons helped a family move in. Before the family moved in they went over, cleaned up the yard, and planted flowers in planters. Everyone was blessed and her boys are learning to be on the lookout to be a blessing to others.
- Your teen can babysit for a young couple so they can go out on a date or be able to just clean the house.
- If a family is low income, shop together as a family and surprise them with food and extras. Do it when it is not Christmas or Thanksgiving.
- Let your home be the “hangout” for all the kids in the neighborhood. Don’t forget to have some great life-talks while they are there.
Be creative! The important thing is that you are out there being God’s hands and feet as a family. Start today!!
This is a very small list. I would love to hear some things that you do together as a family. Please leave a comment.
By: Linda Svacha 🙂