What are you teaching your children, what are you teaching those around you?
Are you teaching them to be leaders? How are you preparing them for the day they stand without you?
1 Thessalonians 2:10-12
10You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12 that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
We have a responsibility to teach our children to walk worthy of the calling into His kingdom. This does not happen with words, this happens with relationship and our own commitment to Jesus Christ. Young people don’t delete this blog and say today’s message is not for me. Paul used fathers as an example but he is speaking to believers and charging them with influencing others. Paul is clear, we must influence others with action not words. Our testimony has impact when we live it our each and everyday. When those around us see Jesus working in us and through us for His good will, then we have impact and to do this we must be about our Father’s business. To do this we must do what Jesus did; pour ourselves into a group of people. Give them our all. Let them see Jesus in us daily. We will impact others when we develop a relationship with them and meet them where they are and present ourselves true to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
IMPACT COMES FROM REAL COMMITMENT
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? "Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."
Jesus taught His disciples before He departed to do three things. These things would help them turn the world upside down. I hope my actions help those around me (especially my children to do the same). In verse 34 He says, deny self. Contrary to what we believe we are not the most important thing in the universe, He is. In verse 36 He tells us to be more concerned about spiritual things than worldly things. In verse 38 He says, stand strong and stand Bold. Shout His name and glorify Him from the roof-tops, never ever, deny HIM. May we do these things today and love Jesus with all our hearts, love the others around us and teach them through our walk with Jesus to be leaders.
Brother Big Daddy