What does it mean to live a counter-cultural life? Is it a life with a bunch of rules, boring and devoid of fun?
There are many worthwhile pursuits in the world today. But one we should consider...How about the training of children to follow the Lord and keep His commandments? What about our children's children?
Are sports, social events, even education more important than faith? Is faith at the background of what we do instead of at the forefront in all we do? Are Christian parents, raising and preparing the next generation of children to think biblically in a world that is becoming more and more intolerant and downright hostile towards the bible and Christian faith? Don't be deceived, it will get worse. They will be called to stand in ways that we may not be.
It is time to change our stinking thinking. Start seeing the responsibility we have to leave behind a faith that is multi-generational. We need an outlook with an eternal mindset. Every choice we make has an impact.
Our priority in that 'sphere of influence' must be our children.
As we draw 2011 to a close and start thinking about the New Year.... consider Matthew 18:1-6: At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.