Originally published Friday, 07 August 2015.
4-years old and on fire for God, who can say that isn't a great thing?
It's all find and dandy until your son starts to push the small parameters of your own faith.
Then things start getting sticky.
Just yesterday, although this certainly is not the first time, he ran up to me saying, "See those kids playing over there? I am going to ask them if they know God. Is that ok mommy?"
He loves to do this. He tells them about God. About Jesus. About the bible (like I said, he loves God).
Shouldn't I be happy?
Yet, my first reaction is often:
Their mom is going to hate me.
My son is going to get hurt one day.
I am going to feel embarrassed.
Part of me wants to protect him from feeling alone and cornered for what he believes.
"Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." 2 Tim. 3:12
Part of me thinks that I must protect his faith and his feelings, like a mother bird guards a nest.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 1 Cor. 16:13
Part of me wants to protect myself from how his words and Christianity make me feel.
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." Mk. 8:38
But this kid and my "self", don't even belong to me,they belong to God,
so how can I let them rule me?
God is the only one in control
and it is his Word and his will that will rule, reign and refine forever.
My efforts are fruitless; his Word is fruitful.
I don't want my heart boiling with the fire of God
while my actions are cool with the complacency of social correctness.
I don't think that is cool with God.
So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--
I am about to spit you out of my mouth. Rev. 3:16
How can God's Word slice and dice broken hearts
into powerful, new and free creations
when we tremble over the cutting process?
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mk. 16:15
Perhaps, God is calling us to see the world, much through the same eyes of my 4-year old.
And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 18:3
Through eyes that see:
A world needing the joy and love that he knows.
Friends who we want to meet in heaven.
People in need of Jesus.
My son doesn't seem to care too much about the smiles, the cordial greetings or the good gossip spoken over him, but simply the heart that stands before him.
He seems to have not been jaded yet.
Somewhere along the way though, I have.
I have let people's opinions become as valuable as gold,
while letting God's standard go beneath the fold.
Perhaps instead, we refine our first thoughts to ask, "Do they know Jesus?"
Of course, it may not be the first question we ask, but perhaps now we will recognize it as their first need. Then we can ask ourself, "How might I first speak Jesus into their heart?"
To internalize this question is to verbalize life-defining words that endure the test of time.
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