We are doing something new in our house. I mean new for us. Its not a new concept as far as I'm concerned. It's just not as common as it should be. What is it? ...
I'm using 'Kingdom minded thinking' to parent our girls. Sounds simple right?
Previously (like last month) we parented how we best saw fit. Of course our aim was to bring up good Godly children but there was no real strategy or grand plan. Lots of little plans and ideas yes. We had our ways of doing things. A Biblical view yes. A foundation of love yes. But not one clear vision so to speak.
What we were doing wasn't wrong. Afterall there's no handbook given to you when a baby comes out. Lots of parents make it up as they go along, read books on what to do, or just do the best they can. What we have been doing has produced good, well mannered, unselfish children (most of the time). They know the Bible and know what prayer and praise is. But is that enough?
Our new parenting gig is to be Kingdom minded. (I see this as different from just a Biblical view). Now every word of God, the ministry of the Holy Spirit and power of Jesus Christ is really key. I'm sure some of you are thinking duh! Bear with me because I've only just got this revelation.
I want more than good, well mannered, unselfish children. I want them to not just know the Bible but know how to apply it to their lives. I want children who know God personally, who have His abundant favour and blessing, who sense the Holy Spirit and walk through life (even now at 2 and 3 years old) with His anointing. I want them to encounter God and encourage and motivate others to do the same. I want them to have confidence and boldness and to know who they are. Not their view of who they are, not the worlds view of who they are, not even my view of who they are. But for them to really know who they are in Christ! I want them to know and use freely the gifts the Holy Spirit has given them. I want them to love all people and to be unafraid, unashamed, zealous evangelists. I want them to see healing and seemingly impossible miracles take place in the name of Jesus Christ right in front of their eyes!
Re-reading the above list of wants for my children, I'm thinking I would have said that I wanted this before. But now stepping into this new season - this new way of thinking- I know that it is possible right now! Not for them in the future as they get older. I don't need to lay a foundation of Bible stories and wait for a kid or youth leader down the track provide an environment for my girls to have a God encounter. They can do it all now.
The Bible doesn't say you have to be a certain age to encounter and love God. It also doesn't say you have to be a certain age to be used by God. Young Samuel and David in the Bible are good examples that God does speak to children and God does use children to do big things for Him!
1 Timothy 4:12 says "Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity."
As Mothers we should take this on board. Don't think less of them, your children because they are young. Train them up in the ways of The Lord now. Cultivate a spirit of thankfulness and worship in them. Encourage prayer and an expectant heart. Let them dream dreams and see visions. Let them have faith and know that faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Don't think they can't. They can!
Reading the Bible to them, praying with them, and praising God together is no longer enough in our house. It's time to take it to another level!
So now our aim and parenting approach is to bring up Kingdom minded kids!
Stay tuned for the next part in this series. How to be a Kingdom minded parent!