Are you tired of Christians trying to force Jesus upon you? I see this being practiced all the time. I know itís done with good intentions, but this can also be a belittling experience for the unsaved. In the eyes of those we are trying to covert, it can seem like weíre holier than thou to them and this only seems to magnify their insecurities and weaknesses. It seems to happen more often within the confines of the family. We as parents see the destructive behaviors and the lifestyles that our children sometimes lead.
Regardless of how out of line they are with the word, sometimes we must let sin run its course. Donít get me wrong, Iím not saying that we should give up on them, I am saying the opposite. They must first die to their old ways before the new can be birthed. If we interfere with the work God has already started, we may prolong our childrenís rebirth. Itís only through brokenness that they can really enter the inner courts of Salvation and healing.
Itís alright to be concerned with our childrenís situations, but we are never to worry about them. Worry opens the door to fear, and fear gives birth to death. Worry should be removed from the Christian vocabulary; itís not a kingdom word. We should watch the situation closely offering support in the way of prayer. I know there will be times when you want to jump in and rescue them with money or other means, but unless God directly commands you to step in, itís in the best interest of your child not to interfere. In most cases God is trying to break them, so they will acknowledge Him, just as He broke Pharaoh with the ten plagues, He knew when he would break. And God knows when your child will be broken.
They will want you to save them, but this will only be a temporary solution, for there is only one Savior. When we try to play the role of savior it depletes our emotional and financial reserves and when they run out, you and your child are worse off than when you started. We serve an all knowing God. He knows where we are as well as our children.
The best thing we can do is be there to listen and comfort them in our arms when they weep. Our words sometimes do more harm than good. We donít need to shove Jesus down their throats. If we are living Jesus out loud in front of them, they already know when their outside the Word. Parents your children are in a battle for their lives and we donít want to be added to their enemy list. We need to pray and sing Him praise while He wins the battle for us. The battle is the Lords!
God seen our yesterdays, He sees our tomorrows, and He holds our future!
No, we don't want to beat them over the head with the bible, but personally, I needed and recieved my mother's words of council. Because I saw physically, and heard physically, her real face of concern and love, and saving council. I can still hear her voice, and I am a Grama now, and if she had not spoken to me the way she did, and told me about danger and lead me into the knowledge of good, I sure don't know how I would have turned out. I know that she prayed for me all the time, like you have written; prayer and living the example of Christ everyday.
Well, AMEN to good sharing ~~~