In James 2 we read that faith without works is dead “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good[b] is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” James 2:14-26
When my wife and I did some of our best parenting (before kids) we had differences on opinions of public versus Christian education. My wife being a product of a Godly family and of Christian education and myself being a product of public education and the list goes on. The one thing that we did come together on was to leave a legacy of faith with our kids. We agreed to start them out in Christian schools and we had heard very good things about CPCS. That being said, we realize that school should be just an extension of our faith in action. My wife stressed the importance of what Christian education should be and how it models its education wrapped around Scripture.
As we continue to walk out our faith (and parenting) we realize more and more that our faith has to be real faith. Our faith is something that our kids watch daily, whether we believe it or not they are watching us every day, every hour and seeing whether the Bible has true authority over our lives or not. Do my wife and I always get this right, by no means! Do we make mistakes, more than we would care to admit, but because of the grace of Jesus Christ and his Salvation we are free to be ourselves – two broken sinners that come together in holy matrimony and have a desire to make our faith a sticky faith for our children?
The greatest thing that we can do for our children is to live a life and a faith that is real and that allows them to encounter Jesus Christ as Savior. Through the daily reading of the word, praying, worshiping and living a life that is about service to God, we begin to see the fruit of the spirit in our household: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. We have realized that the more real we are with our kids, the more that they respond to our faith. The more they respond to our faith, then the more that we can serve in community.
My wife and I went to a good-to-great weekend with one of our former teaching pastors and his wife and we truly loved them and their excitement for parenting. We have had several conversations with them since that weekend and one thing that truly has stuck with us is what they did with their house and community in making their home a very inviting place to kids around the neighborhood, school and community. They had a pool and a basement fully furnished with a kitchen area. Kids from all backgrounds were invited to come and be in community with their family. Because there was food and fun and games and a pool, kids not only wanted to come and hang out, they were open to this family’s beliefs. When difficult times approached these kids, they asked this pastor and his wife to pray for them.
We loved this advice and have taken a lot from that weekend and from our talks since then. Our house is a very inviting place. My wife and I have kids over from the neighborhood and from school and from various communities and the kids know that they are welcome. Even as I write this, we have two kids from outside our church/school community spending the night. This has been an excellent way to serve and to be involved in showing the love of Christ. My wife and I love to open our home, and our children have taken this on as well.
Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV) “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We live in a world that is moving further and further away from God’s truth and His ways. We live now in a culture that puts self before everything else including our God. Should we be surprised by this, no! She would tuck tail and run? Absolutely not. God calls us to go unto all the world and to make disciples. This is not a passive faith. This is a faith that will bear fruit of the Spirit. Where is your fruit? When you walk through our front door, whether you are a believer, agnostic, or down right ignorant, you will see a verse from Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Written by a parent of students at CPCS.