Thursday, January 7, 2010

Too much vitamin? Too Much Jesus?

I gave my children gummy vitamins yesterday morning as we always do. With my health fitness background, I always look at the nutritional information on everything and at the bottom of the bottle of this CHILDREN'S gummy vitamin bottle says the words, "Keep out of reach of children." Interesting isn't it? Yet, the main idea is that although two vitamins are good for children, 20 are not. Therefore we need to regulate how many doses of vitamins they receive for the sake of their health.

Unfortunately we use the same reasoning when it comes to Jesus and our children. I can't tell you how many parents have said, "Pastor, I don't want to give them too much Jesus." Indicating that they didn't want to bring their kids to too many worship services, Sunday School events, too many confirmation classes, and especially not force them after confirmation because if they do, the children will hate church and Jesus. After all, less is more. I wonder if they use the same reasoning for football, dance, or birthday parties for friends. It is as if Jesus says in Matthew 28:21, "When making disciples make sure not to give people too much of me."

Romans 10:17, "Faith comes by hearing, hearing the Word of God." If we are serious about faith and about our child's faith the goal is not to "regulate" our child's Jesus time because they will get sick of it, but live as ones who trust in God's Word that tells us to let our faith be strengthened by hearing that Word, no matter how often.

Christ's blessings to all parents who are raising disciples in Christ

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