In order to start off the New Year I would like to pose a question: Why does a child from one home walk away from the Lord while a child in another home stays true to Him—yet the families in both homes have attended the same church, Sunday school, vacation Bible school, Awana program, etc.?
Before exploring an answer to this question, we all must understand this: There is no parent, teacher, pastor, or curriculum that can guarantee that someone will not walk away from God. What we do know is that God is personal and that he works with His people individually, and every individual has the responsibility of choosing to follow Christ or choosing to walk away from Him.
Although there is no guaranteed plan that will keep an individual from walking away from Christ, God offers a guarantee that if we turn our life over to Jesus Christ and make Him our Lord and Savior, He freely gives us forgiveness for our sins and a life eternally spent with Him. There’s a guarantee for you!
No, as parents and teachers, we do not have a guarantee that our children will stay on the narrow road, but we can hold to the fact that children who grow up in strong, Christ-centered homes—where God’s Word is both taught and lived—are more likely to live godly lives as adults.
During the next year, we are going to begin the journey of giving parents and children a practical guide for spiritual development. This journey is one in which parents and the church will work together to raise children who know, love, and serve the Lord. Our goal is to give parents a workable plan that will help them to raise a Modern-Day Joseph.
Joseph’s life reflects at least five godly characteristics that were woven into his very being of who he was and how he lived his life:
- Respect for the awesomeness and authority of God (Genesis 39:6—9)
- Wisdom for living life based on a knowledge of God (40:6—8)
- Grace in relationships with others (41:51—52)
- A sense of destiny and purpose that came from God (45:4—10)
- A perspective for life based on the sovereignty of God (50:15—21)
We will begin exploring more about what Modern-Day Josephs (MDJ) are and sharing tips for creating a feasible age appropriate plan that will help you shape the spiritual development of your children. Look for weekly updates on the AWANA Blog.
We are looking forward to another wonderful year in AWANAs and we are excited about what the Lord is going to do in the lives of the children we serve. Thank you for your continued support as we work to teach children how to know, love and serve the Lord.