Raising Your Children to Face Persecution and Danger

Your objective as a Christian parent is to raise your children to live a godly life following Christ. This idea is exciting, even inspiring. But how conscious are you that there is another side to living a godly life? Encouraging your children to follow Christ also will lead them into persecution. This reality balances the excitement. Following Christ is a wonderful, fulfilling and sobering pursuit. It is a path not to be taken lightly. Paul reminds us of this when he says, "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted..." 2 Timothy 3:12

Following God requires courage and boldness. There are enemies on every side, both spiritual and earthly. Living as children of light angers the forces of darkness. This means you and your children are part of a cosmic battle that has been raging since creation.

Becoming complacent, desiring to be safe, will keep you from loving your God. Jesus warns that attempting to save your life will mean losing your life. But giving your life for Christ is the one way that leads to being safe. As you know, raising children can be a wonderful blessing, but the journey is not a safe one. This is what you offer to your children when you encourage them to follow Christ. God does not call you to be safe, he calls you to trust him.

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