It hasn’t been that long ago when I thought I was not qualified to disciple my children. After all, I had not grown up in a home that discipled. I did not really understand what that meant until a few years ago. Even as I began to understand what a disciple does, I did not think that was the role of a parent.
I believed that because I did not go to seminary or grow up in a home that discipled, I was unable to disciple my children and I was definitely not qualified. I also believed I was the only one who believed that. Until recently.
Recently, these words came across my screen: “I will leave the discipling to those more qualified.”
I was shocked that the author of the words wrote this. I had always thought of this person as spiritually mature, and an amazing parent who knew just what it meant to disciple their children and others. I still believe those things because I have witnessed the fruit of their parenting. But, what really shocked me was that another parent – did not believe they were qualified to disciple others. That reality made me consider – that there are more parents out there who have been sold that lie.
Now, I’ll be honest and say I didn’t reply to the words. Like I said, I was in shock and I have prayed and prayed over them. Why? Well, because I have grown into a true knowledge that every Christian’s responsibility is to fulfill the great commission –
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt 28:18-20 NIV)
Those words were spoken by Jesus to his disciples after his resurrection. They are powerful. They speak of power from Christ to his disciples – to his followers. We all have His power to disciple – everyone! Not just going out and sharing the good news, but making disciples of everyone we share the news with.
As parents, we should be sharing this with our children every moment of every day.
” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 NIV)
So, yes Mom and Dad- you are qualified to teach your children and disciple them! All that you need can be found in the power of Christ. This is not something he says we should do if we want, but something we are to do -and CAN do!
Isn’t that exciting. The thought of having Jesus’ power – gives me joy every day. Yes, even in those hard moments when He is growing me, the ones where I may have to put the books away in order to gently guide a heart issue that someone is experiencing. Truly getting to the heart and growing my children (and myself) through His power and grace.
So, the next time someone asks if you are qualified to teach or disciple your children – your answer should be “Yes, with the power of Christ, I have exactly what I need to do that!”
Did you know you are qualified to disciple your children?
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