Radically Invest - Wednesday
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
What is radical investment in the next generation? Should we "try to take kids to church more"? "Pray before dinner"? Or "volunteer to babysit kids at church"? Are those things radical?
For perspective let's describe what radical looks like in a physician. The one we want to care for our loved one who has a life threatening illness. Should they "try to take continuing education courses," or "make a half-hearted appearance at the office visit?" We obviously expect much more. We expect someone who thoroughly, completely... radically invests in the effort to save lives.
That is the type of investment you can make in the next generation. Be encouraged by these real life stories I have witnessed here at Southland.
- I've seen Children's leaders who faithfully serve at church every weekend and love, listen, teach, guide, celebrate, and equip children to follow Jesus. These leaders are not babysitting!
- I have witnessed moms of severely ill children who not only manage everyday life in addition to doctor visits and treatments, but also regularly attend church and bring their children along while they love and serve other hurting families.
- I have witnessed many 20-something adults who go to school or work full-time spending their free time tutoring, hanging out with, and/or loving underprivileged kids.
- I have witnessed 3rd-5th grade kids send letters to children in Mozambique and delivered correspondence back to them that not only thanks them by name, but answers specific questions asked in previous letters.
- I have witnessed elementary age kids come to know Jesus and have their Life Group Leader baptize them.
Now that is radically investing in the next generation! How will your investment yield a student who follows Jesus daily?
Scripture memory verse for Expression 3: Titus 2:7-8 (NASB)
In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.
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