We love hearing from parents and giving them the opportunity to share what the Lord is teaching them with you. We asked Kristi Tye, mom of three (Dillon, 19; Austin, 17; Kaylee, 12), to share what the Lord has been teaching her about how to disciple your kids to live on mission wherever their feet fall. Read below to hear her answer!
Decisions. Choices. Theirs. Ours. Mine. His.
We, as parents, love the Lord and have a relationship with the Lord. We attend church and try to live on mission and tithe and tell others about Jesus. We go to Bible study and worship. We fellowship with believers and serve and try to grow in Christ.
We have kids. For our kids, we’ve been fortunate for them to see a legacy of Christ followers for several generations. We have brought them to church and done devotions and prayed with them. We have served at church together and in different areas separately. We send them to camp and Chi Alpha, and did also to VBS and music camp and other fun events through the years.
They asked Jesus into their hearts and lives. They followed Him in believer’s baptism. Those are all great things and great steps for us as parents to see, but we REALLY want and hope and pray for these beliefs to BECOME their own, for them to want to live on mission SEPARATE FROM US, and proclaim JESUS as their PERSONAL SAVIOR so they will LIVE FOR HIM the rest of their days on this temporary earth.
A cross over. A changing of ownership. A decision to make Jesus the biggest priority in your life. A mom and dad’s desire.
For us as a couple, we try to get our kids to think less about themselves and really look at others. Why would that teacher be acting that way? What is going on his life that we should pray about? How can we help make their day a little better? Can we start an ongoing conversation with them that would eventually lead to talk about church and Christ and heaven? We have a prayer request card on the kitchen table that is changed out every two or three weeks. Little pieces of Bible verses, and prayer at night and other times, and Jesus all throughout their lives.
Be that Christlike example. Let them know you make mistakes and can say you’re sorry. Encourage them to be the Salt and Light to those around them.
PRAY with your kids and for your kids and over your kids and for your kids’ friends and teachers. Teach them to PRAY, as it is so powerful. PRAY Scripture putting their names in the verses and teach them to pray Scripture for themselves and the people in their lives.
Do they make mistakes and act selfish and rude at times? Yes. Continue to love them through all the phases and seasons of childhood and teenage years even when it’s hard. Be consistent as a family coming to church and don’t make excuses. Care more about living for the eternal Kingdom and being a missionary where you are, not about the world around you, and things and people who are trendy.
When that time has come and your kids are standing at Heaven’s Gate, will God be more interested in the people they’ve loved and given their time to and how they’ve invested the gospel, OR the great cars they drove and clothes they wore and popular people they did popular things with?!
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.” -Matthew 6:19-21 (The Message)
Our oldest, Dillon, is living in York, England, this year. He felt called to go on the youth mission trip there before his senior year of high school. His experience for those ten days grew him closer to the Lord and gave him a passion for the kids there who don’t know Christ. He had a scholarship to Arizona State University and was planning on getting a degree in sports journalism. He felt God calling him back to England though. We prayed many times with him. He prayed and searched scripture and talked with others. The decision was made to do a gap year and defer his college admission. He is loving his ministry in York, whether with the youth at his church, or at the school he is a teachers assistant in, or at the climbing gym he goes to each week. We don’t know what the future holds for him, but look forward to seeing where God’s path takes him. Click here to follow Dillon on his journey of walking in obedience to the Lord in York, England.
I’ll leave you with the question that I continue to ask myself: Are you living on mission for God wherever your feet go and continually trying to be more like Christ, as well as pointing others to Jesus? If not, what needs to change for that to happen?
Published on Apr 2017 @ 11:48 AM CDT