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Good and Holy - Issue 152
May 21, 2010
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This week was fairly disruptive as far as regular study goes, as I came back from my travels and we spent time catching up together as a family. Plus Homeschoolblogger has upgraded so the family spent time fixing and tweaking their blogs. (You’ll find a link to my blog at the end of the newsletter.) I think my favourite day was Friday – my kids helped me with a big grocery shop and then I spent about 3 hours in the kitchen cooking for the freezer. I haven’t done that in a long time – I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

We have a busy season ahead of us so the next few week’s we’ll stock up the freezer with meals and a little baking which will help when days get extra busy. Each week one of my children is my “cook’s helper” and in the coming weeks each one will cook an extra meal to freeze. This will expose them particularly to the crockpot and making casseroles which will expand their cooking knowledge just a little bit more.

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Good and Holy

What makes our children good? We can teach our children all the right behaviour, we can teach them moral understanding, we can teach and practice good character and yet are we to be satisfied as parents that we have done our job?

The Bible says no one is good except by Jesus. None of us – regardless of our skill, ability, talent; regardless of our behaviour and character – none are good except by Jesus. We are sinners by nature and Jesus is the only one who can take that sin away. We need to come to him on a daily basis and confess our hearts to him.

If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

Though Jesus taught many things about being good his ultimate goal and purpose was for us to recognise that we can’t do it on our own, we can’t be good enough to have eternal life, we need a saviour, one who will take away our imperfections and make us holy – as he is holy.

Is this our goal for our children – that they will be holy as God is holy – or do we settle for good children?

Good children are nice – they do all the right things when you are out and about, they are helpful and kind, they obey and are respectful to others; they do all the right things. And yet, Jesus said very clearly that doing all the right things simply wasn’t what he was about. In fact he had some pretty harsh words to say to the Pharisees – who were dedicated to doing the right thing.

Good children will let us down. More importantly good children will let God down. Good children is not what God wants. He sent Jesus so that we could be holy – made right and have a relationship with God.

Do your children have a relationship with Jesus or are they happy (are you happy) that they have asked Jesus into their heart and are doing good things? The Pharisees accepted God and they did good things but they missed Jesus and his message to them. Good works are dead unless they come from a faith in Jesus.

A relationship is a growing thing – you meet someone, you talk to them for a bit, your heart connects, you enjoy being with them, you press in to know them more, you spend more time with them, you even start to imitate little things about them. If you spend enough time with them you start to think like them, you start to talk about the things that they talk about – you have a relationship- their life is integrated into yours. Do your children have that with Jesus? Do you have that with Jesus?

We can encourage our children in all the good works and moral activity but it is all lost if they do not have a growing relationship with Jesus and if that relationship is not affecting their life.

May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be
blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father
when our LORD Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
1 Thessalonians 3:13

Have you settled for good children?
Happy knowing that they know the Bible, that they do good things?
Or are you investing time into showing your children that they must be holy – right with God. Are you helping them to follow Him, imitate Him, and know that they are set apart for Him? What a delight to disciple our children as followers of Christ in every aspect of their life.

As parents we must not settle for good children. Our prayer need to be that our children’s hearts are captured by God, that their life lives out a desire to be like Jesus – holy.

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