16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
We continue looking at the subject of Christian Parenting. For so many parents the plea is to get their children to listen and obey. Our concern is focused on the outward behavior of our children. This is especially true when you are at the grocery store or heaven forbid you took your child to Walmart. In these places something comes out of your child that can only be described in the movie, The Exorcism. At that moment something is being revealed about your child. They are a worshiper. You read that right. Your child is a worshiper. Every human being is a worshiper, we worship something in our hearts. For our children and for many of us, we worship the god of self. We long to be our own god and to dictate how we are to live our own lives. This is true when your child is screaming at the top of their lungs in the checkout line for that toy that will break, or for that candy bar, your child is participating in an act of worship.
Paul, writing to the church in Corinth says that he is an ambassador for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. As parents, you must see yourself in a very similar role. That first you have experienced the grace of God. That your heart has been reconciled to God. Parent’s will not be able to properly show grace to their children if they have not experienced grace themselves. So, mom, dad, be reconciled to God. Go to Him and confess your sins, believe in Him and find rest for your soul.
Your child is part of your mission from God. They are in your care to be raised in the knowledge of the Lord. The first part of this is helping them to see their own false worship, their own sin. This is a rather difficult conversation to have with a two-year-old, but one that we will constantly have as parents. You will lead them to begin to see their selfishness, their worship of self and idol of self. Your responsibility is not to give them the feelings of conviction, that is the Lord’s job. You will help them see their sin, and when God begins to do a work in them, you help them to see where they can run to with their sin. That God wants them to repent of their idol of self and be reconciled to Him through the cross of Christ. God has placed you in their lives to be that ambassador. To help them see their need for a savior, we are to be faithful to that calling, and to model repentance to our children.