This past school year I led our children in a survey course of the New Testament. It was one of the most exciting honors of my life. I took my well-worn, highlighted Bible and shared my favorite scriptures from Matthew to Revelation.
One day my teenage daughter cornered me saying, "Mom, how did you learn these things you are teaching us?" It took me aback.
I wasn't sure how to answer until it hit me. I have been walking with the Lord for so long that I have years’ worth of highlighted notes that my children need!
Why not be the one who shares these most important words to their hearts? I was wondering how our study would end up though. I hated to think they would be disappointed with my handling of the last book.
There is still so much of the book of Revelation that I cannot confidently teach them about. What if I messed them up? Revelation can be a pretty scary book...especially if you are not able to decode all the graphic images.
My worries were totally unfounded. They loved it. The spirits and horns and the smoke were great, but I think our favorite part was the opening five words.
Revelation 1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ... Wow, so that is the true purpose of this book…To know Jesus more accurately and intimately! I always thought the book was about death, doom and destruction with a few angels thrown into the story.
Why would our kids need to study the book of Revelation?
The answer is becoming clearer to me…to gain a heart of honor for their Lord. …to gain a sense of eternal perspective to their lives.
…to realize that perhaps having the latest Ipad is not going to matter much in the Kingdom of God.
…to know Jesus, so they can live their lives making Him known.
It’s such a simple thing, to pick up the Bible and read together…to admit that we might not understand every verse, yet to know that the central message is clear.
Jesus is coming back some day. And He is coming for a church without blemish and wrinkle. Our kids need that voice of holiness coming toward them past the voice of "mom's rules."
I challenge you. Dare to pick up Revelation with your children. See what the Lord does in your hearts.
I am so excited about this that I am taking that challenge to my ladies Sunday school class this summer too.
Let me know what happens in your heart and your home when you do!
By Lisa Cherry
Author of Unmask the Predators
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