Is your faith credible to your kids?

Posted on September 30, 2014 · Posted in Gospel, Worldview

A man was walking in a field and came across something that was buried in the ground. In a moment his life changed forever.  What he found caused him to dispatch all of his personal wealth and then buy this field with its great treasure. 

 

This is what happened to Paul. He was willing to give up everything to know Christ. His life overflowed with the joy of that choice. He didn’t give up his respected position of religious leadership and then look back and moan over his loss of prestige. Like the man who bought the field, Paul considered knowing Christ the greatest of all treasures.

 

What do your children think is your greatest treasure? 

 

Would they say it is knowing Christ, based on the way that you talk and the things that you buy for them and for yourself? Do those that are closest to you  see you overwhelmed with the mercy of Christ?

 

Paul didn’t live in a monastery. He lived life just as you do, in the middle of a secular, needs-driven world that cared little for the Living God. But through all of this, Paul was most conscious, most self-aware, of Jesus Christ. He knew that Christ was Lord of Heaven and Earth. He knew that his life was lived continuously in the presence of King Jesus, and he delighted in this reality. This is the same reality that God calls you to show to your children.

 

Spend time in the Word, and spend time in meditation on the love of Christ. Pray for the eyes of your heart to be opened to the joy of your salvation, your greatest treasure.

 

These are times of political uncertainty and economic fears. But these are also times to be blown away by the awesome joy of knowing the One who rules over all of these things. Jesus Christ is your life! Ask God to give your life the credibility of having Christ be your greatest treasure.

 

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field (Matthew 13:44).


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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.