If you could choose where your last family selfie could be taken, where would you choose? I bet it would be right in front of the gates of heaven. How do we make that happen?
Text: James 5:19-20 (MSG)
My dear friends, if you know people who have wandered off from God's truth, don't write them off. Go after them. Get them back and you will have rescued precious lives from destruction and prevented an epidemic of wandering away from God.
This text was written to encourage the church to go after those who were once Christ-followers but have fallen away. For so many of us, this describes where we are. We've tried to do what is right. We brought our kids to church, prayed over our meals, talked about the Lord openly. And yet, we just aren't sure about the spiritual condition of all our family members. But we are nowhere near giving them over! We are still in this fight! We are not giving up on them - we are in it to win it!
How we rally together to make sure the family circle isn't broken when we get over there:
I. Cover them in prayer.
Your prayers are the most powerful determinate in your child's life!
Every time you pray for your children, you are saying:
1. God, I trust them to you.
2. Satan, you can't have them.
3. Self, nothing I do today is more important than praying for my family.
II. Love them like crazy!
Our kids need to know why we set boundaries and guard our Sundays for worship, and pray over them. They need to know why we are particular and guarded about where they go, and they hang with, where sleepovers are, why certain video games aren't allowed, why we pray, why we discipline, and why we do the things we do.
They need to know, "I love you too much to let you do this." Or, "I love you too much to allow this." Or, "I love you so much that I want you to know this great God of ours."
No one can hurt us more deeply and painfully as our family. But the Word of the Lord says, "Love is patient and kind...it keeps no record of being wronged. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." (I Corinthians 13)
III. Fight for them until your last breath.
Posted on Sat, May 2, 2015
by Erika Catlett