Have you ever had to miss the end of an awesome movie? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? You’re into the plot, invested in the characters and can’t wait to see what happens next. Then something unexpected interrupts you and pulls you out of the story, leaving everything unresolved.
No one wants to miss the end of a great story.
Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest challenges in the church today. Too many kids are only experiencing half of the story. In our eagerness to introduce our children to a relationship with God, we teach them all about God’s love story. And that’s a good thing. God’s story, however, isn’t just a love story. It’s an adventure story too.
God’s on an adventure, a mission to restore this broken planet and redeem all that He made. He’s bringing heaven to earth, and when we become a part of His family, we are invited, expected even, to join the family business.
Our kids desperately need to understand that the Bible is a story of relationship AND responsibility. It’s not an either/or. It’s a cause and effect. Because of our relationship with God, we get to live out the responsibility of building God’s kingdom.
There’s a classic photograph from American history that drives this point home for me. It’s picture taken in 1963 of President Kennedy working at his desk while his son plays at his feet. From the top up, it’s a perfectly ordinary presidential photograph, JFK hard at work in the Oval Office, but the bottom half of the photo tells another story. Two-year-old, John, Jr, is peeking out of a secret door in his father’s desk. Because he is the son of the American President, he gets to play at the feet of the most powerful man in the world. Continue reading