For thousands of years the Jews knew one thing. Their land was the Promised Land, the Holy Land. They were God’s chosen people. They loved God in a reverent way, but God made a plan to come close—closer than they could ever imagine.
“Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near,’” Luke 10:11 (NIV).
The dust the disciples wiped from their feet could be considered holy ground because they lived in “God’s country.” So what did it mean to know that “the kingdom of God has come near”?
This was a turning point in history. The “kingdom of God” transferred from a favored people and holy land to one man: Jesus.
If we could lead our families to one truth, it is this: Jesus came down to earth so He could usher us up to heaven.
Each of us has an ego that keeps us from turning to others—to God—for help. In our book, Lead Your Family Like Jesus, Ken, Phil, and I talk about another kind of EGO—Exalt God Only. That’s what Jesus did and what we need to do as parents.
Turning to God will take swallowing your ego and admitting you can’t do it on your own. Even though He was God, Jesus didn’t lift up His own ego or pride. Instead, He depended on God the Father as His source for everything—including His self-esteem and security.
Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these … By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” John 5:19-20, 30 NIV
In your daily life do you let the kingdom of God come near? Do you welcome God into every part of your day? Or does your ego keep you from asking for help?
It’s up to us to show our kids how to let God come close. Because where we lead as moms, our children will follow.
You matter more than you realize. What you believe will be passed on. What you do will be displayed. Giving with all your heart shapes your child’s heart for God. And when your children see you seeking Jesus . . . they’ll know how to do the same.
Share with us! What are practical ways that you lead your child to God?