When it comes to our children, usually they don’t have much of a choice. They have to flow with the rhythm of our life style and adjust to the changing of our seasons. All of our decisions affect them. It is up to us to properly equip and prepare them for what’s ahead.
Children go through transitions and elevations every year with school. They leave one grade and familiar schedule to tackle a new and more rigorous one for the next grade. This made me think about adults and what we do to get to the next level. Are we resilient, flexible, willing to put in the work, change environments, or make new relationships? What happens to us as adults where all of a sudden we resist change? In order to get elevated into a new level, we must be willing to leave the old comfortable schedule. We can’t get promoted without successfully completing our assignments and following instructions. We can’t become unteachable or opposed to learning new things or different strategies.
2 Timothy 2:15(KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
I have found that every time I think I know something, God brings me to a new place of revelation that gives me understanding beyond what I have perceived before. He shows me things from a new perspective that widens my view and understanding of the matter. We cannot limit God to what we first knew. What if our children stopped learning in kindergarten? They would be immature and not ready to be productive in the “real adult world”. I think as Christians sometimes we get stuck in Kindergarten with our beliefs. We don’t let God graduate us into a new level of understanding and maturity. This makes it impossible to fulfill our great commission of going to make disciples. We have to be mature before we can train someone else. We have to spend enough time with Jesus in order to impart His character into another.
So while your children are out learning new levels of math, reading, science, etc. this school year. I encourage you to ask the Father what to study to advance to the next level. Ask God to make you pliable and open for new things. Ask Him to make you resilient to the obstacles placed before your advancement. It’s time to graduate and mature. We need to make disciples! People need to see our love and our fruit. The fire and the glory of God need to present in our lives matched by a PHD level of maturity. Lord take us to school!
Father, we thank you that You are a God of increase and promotion. Forgive us for wanting to advance without putting in the work. Open our eyes to see from different angles. Open our ears to hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying. Show us what to study and where to go. Release new friendships and opportunities that will grow us in this new season. We want to be mature Christians and not watered down by the world’s views. We want to go and make disciples. We want to be excellent in all that we do so that You may get the glory. We want to be role models that are children can look to as they continue their studies. Help us rightly divide the Word of truth. Make us moldable and teachable in every area that will help our growth. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!