1 Thessalonians 1:10-12
When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thought for the Day: What will we do to help raise our children as Saints of Christ?
Singing “Rejoice in God’s Saints” and “For All the Saints” at the beginning of the All Saint’s Day Worship Service was special. As the service progressed the choir sang “Coming Home” which is a powerful anthem bringing thoughts to coming home to God. The sermon by Pastor Jonathan brought thoughts about how Jesus worked with sinners who were not accepted by society as people he should be with and helped them learn to follow Him. His sermon was about Zacchaeus and how Jesus worked to bring him, a chief tax collector of the Romans, to follow Him. He took Zacchaeus from sinner to saint. As Pastor Jonathan spoke about his life and that he was blessed to still have his family members living and being a part of his life, my tears began to flow as I realized how many of my family members I no longer have with me. As I knelt at the altar rail after taking communion, I found myself asking, “God, what have you left me here for?” and “What do you want me to do?” Then, I thought back over something else Pastor Jonathan said in his sermon when he spoke of his great-great-grandmother and that she looked at her children and saw saints. In other words, I visualized in that moment that I need to look at my children to see saints, saints in the making, saints in training, saints who need their daddy and I to lead them through the process of becoming the saints God intends them to be.
As communion took place and after we lit candles to remember those saints who have gone before us, I began writing the names of my loved ones who have gone before. The list I wrote was long and included my grandparents, parents, brothers, husband, aunts and uncles who helped lead me to Christ. I never knew a single moment in my life when I did not know that Jesus loved me, and that knowledge came from those who saw me as a saint. They saw that I was, and am, a saint in the making, a saint in training, and a saint who needed and still needs people to train me where I will fulfill His plan. So, today I look at my boys and see saints. Mark and I occasionally sing a duet of “Find us Faithful” by Steve Green. Some of the lyrics to the song are: “Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us run the race not only for the prize. But as those who’ve gone before us, let us leave to those behind us, the heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives.” How well my family did this as they passed on their faithfulness to me, and how well will I pass on my “Faithfulness” to my children? As I look at them, let me see “saints” and let me know how to train them in the way that will help them become the faithful saints God intends them to be.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are so awesome. You have taken us as we are and have loved us and led us to follow You. Thank you for all the saints who have gone before us to train us in the way that leads to You. We pray You will “Find us Faithful” in the way we lead others to You. Be with us today! Amen.
Prayer Focus: Parents and Children