Do your kids follow you around the house all day and say, Mom/Dad where are you going? What are we doing today? Can I have a snack?
Do you want them to cling to Jesus the same way your toddler clings to your side when you’re trying to unload the dishwasher?
We are invited to share why we follow Jesus. Why we spend our whole lives pursing, surrendering, and talking to God.
We are the ones who follow Jesus around, and we get to show our kids how to do the same!
In today’s podcast, we share two simple reasons why we follow Jesus.
Parenting can be like selling Jesus and helping our children understand the value of the Kingdom.
You see, the world relentlessly sells itself to us every day, all day long.
“Eat, drink, and be merry!” says the world.
But really, all the world sells are lies. Sneaky phrases such as, “You’ll be alone forever,” “Fend for yourself because no one else will,” or “Worldly things will satisfy.”
It’s so frustrating when you think about the constant lies the world sells to our kids on a daily basis!
We are invited to come alongside our kids and help them see what Jesus offers versus what the world offers. Jesus is life-giving, and He gives us hope which makes him worth following.
How do we sell the life Jesus offers us? Why do we follow Jesus instead of the world?
We follow Jesus because…
1. He gives us the best life NOW
It is so important as a parent you really go after selling this point to your kids. Choose not to sell fear.
Sell life. Sell hope.
We can easily fall into fear more than hope. We find ourselves shouting things like…
“Don’t do that!”
“This will hurt you! Get away!”
“Stay away from that or else…”
As a kid, did you want to hear those things? Did this language inspire you to dream and be brave? Probably not…
This is where we start…we go back again to the top of our Crazy Cool Family house.
You can only sell the things you believe in.
Take a moment and search your heart. Remember, you are full of faith and hope because of what Jesus has done for you. If you believe this, you share the hope and power of Jesus with your kids.
Ephesians 1:16-20 says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance for all the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realm.”
What word stands out? POWER!
The Bible shows us a supernatural way of living. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead helps us lead in love, hope, and faith! It is an inheritance we have as children of God!
You see, the world defines riches as things, wealth, and accomplishments. But God defines riches as supernatural power from Heaven.
The world constantly tells kids they are not good enough. We can help them follow God’s ways and walk in confidence and love instead of fear.
God is the central element of our faith, and we follow Him because He forgave our sins with His death, burial, and resurrection…today!
2.He gives us the best life FOREVER!
When Jesus conquered sin and we put our trust in Him, we get Heaven!
How does this relate to a young kid? It gives them hope.
All kids have a hesitancy and fear of death because it is unknown. So, if you can help them define it, the result is a feeling of stability.
It puts the world in perspective. When we know where we are going, death loses its sting.
In John 14, Jesus prepares the disciples for his death. The first thing He tells them is, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”
Don’t we want to speak this over our kids all the time?! “Hey little guy, do not let your heart be troubled.”
God speaks peace over us and helps Heaven become real. He wants us to understand there is more to life than Earth.
Jesus goes on to say, “Believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms. If that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.” (John 14: 1-3)
Heaven is a real place.
It’s not just a place we are going to play harps and sing Kumbaya.
When Jesus came back from the dead, he ate with the disciples. He walked with them. He built a fire. Jesus was a real person doing real things.
When we meet Jesus face to face in Heaven, we will be fully with Him. The coolest part is we will be completely without sin! All the distractions of the world will be gone and our full attention will be fixed on Jesus.
So many times, our kids have asked us questions about Heaven and we felt okay with saying, “I don’t know, but I know we will see Jesus and have so much peace.”
We do not fully understand Heaven, and we won’t until we get there. If you are seeking to understand what “the best life ever” really looks like, we encourage you to look into Heaven and understand it for yourself. The truth is, we are living our best life right now AND the best is yet to come!
The reality is our kids are following us as we follow Jesus. Pursue understanding so you can help show your kids where to go.
As we wrap up, we wanted to share about our 2nd daughter, Madeline, who loved the idea of Heaven from a young age.
Maybe a little too much because she would say, “If I fall off the slide and die, it’s okay because I am going to Heaven!”
We quickly equipped her to seek the goodness of life here on earth. God has a plan and purpose for every moment we are here. Now she is a mom of two. Her desire for following Jesus grows daily as she disciples her littles.
Madeline still loves the promise of Heaven, but the understanding of her purpose here on earth is why she follows Jesus today!
We are the ones who inspire kids to follow Jesus. We teach them the things of Jesus and show them how to follow Him forever.
We can share the why and show them how. Connect and inspire your family by sharing why following Jesus is worth it!
Jesus is life-giving, and He brings HOPE. He is worth following today and forever.
If you have a question or a parenting issue that you’d like us to discuss in a future podcast, email us at [email protected].