“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Did you know God has a plan for each of your children? Some might argue this verse was only for these people in this time and place, but I believe other verses like, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) point to a more universal application.
The idea God not only knows each of us well enough to know the ever changing number of hairs on our heads, but has made specific plans He would like each of us to do, should excite you as a parent. Of course God has THE Plan – sending His son to earth to die for our sins so you and your kids have the hope of eternal life.
I also believe though, God has things He wants your children to do in addition to becoming a Christian and worshipping and obeying Him. He, who has all wisdom and can see the future, knows your children will have opportunities in their lives to serve others and share their faith. In fact, I believe the Bible reinforces the idea God has uniquely gifted your children to be prepared to meet the challenges those opportunities will provide.
In order to fully participate in the opportunities God will give them to serve Him by serving others and sharing their faith, they need to reach the potential God has given them. The potential to learn the teachings of the Bible – showing your children what God wants for them and from them. The potential to develop godly character traits so they will be up for the challenges and able to withstand the temptations those opportunities might present. The potential of the gift or gifts God has given to them so they will be ready to use them when needed.
A great part of your job as parent is to help your children figure out all of the little pieces of their potential and start developing them so they are ready when God wants them. Each of your children’s paths will be slightly different, as God will have opportunities unique to each of them.
Tomorrow, I will give you some areas of godly potential in a little more depth. I will share tips for helping your kids begin to discover and develop their godly potential. In the meantime, pray God will help guide your paths as you work to help prepare each of your kids for the godly adventures He will send their way. Those adventures may seem really small or really overwhelming, but each will help your children grow spiritually when they participate in the plans of God. Watching your children participate in the plans God has for them is one of the greatest blessings of Christian parenting. You don’t want to miss it!