Discipleship Quick Tip (5/17/2011)

Share with your children challenges you faced where God was working, but you didn’t understand it at the time.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut 6:5)

What does it mean to love the Lord with all of your soul?

Your soul is the part of you that is eternal, so it has the ability to perceive the eternal truths and character of God, so that we can see the big picture of God’s will and ways. This means we can love Him even when our immediate circumstances stink.

Share with your children a difficult time in your life, that, when you look back at it, you see that God was at work even when you didn’t know it. For example, once I lost my job in a very unfair set of circumstances, and we struggled with the injustice of it all, and with our own anger. Looking back, though, we can see that God was actually protecting us from later, worse, situations that took place at that organization. His provision for us was my job loss! Understanding God’s promises that He has plans for us (Jer 29:11), that He works things out for our good in the long haul (Rom 8:28), and that the path to spiritual maturity is loaded with difficulties and even persecution (e.g., James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-4) helps you put life’s difficulties in eternal perspective. Understanding this helps you love God with your soul.

Pray for opportunities to share eternal truths with your children.