I have been reading Luke 15 every day now for a while and over the past couple of days. I really feel that God has been speaking to me.
Let me back up a bit. Up until this week I have always connected Luke 15 with kids, or people who walk away from their faith. Which I think was part of the message Jesus was trying to convey.
What God has been speaking to me
The Lost Sheep:
Our focus has to always be focused on those who are far from God. That I always stay focused on reaching the one instead of keep the 99 happy. We all default to the latter.
The Lost Coin:
Speaks to me that there are kids in our church that are lost. I know that lately I have been rethinking how I view the experience of salvation for kids. As a kids pastor and father I am all to eager to help kids with their spiritual checklist. In my mind salvation is a journey more than a check on a todo list somewhere. I have been thinking about some of the kids that have grown up in church who checked the box of salvation without making Jesus the final authority in their life. How do we change that mentality so entrenched within us?
I have been doing kids church long enough to see some of the kids I taught have kids of their own. One of the things that stands out to me over time is that we as parents and kids pastors need to change how we view salvation from an attitude of relief when our kids raise their hands to urgency that they experience and understand the power of a transformed life.