More hope, less fear. More love, less condemnation. More power, less helplessness. More joy, less worry.
I pray these things over my kids. I expect that because they know the way to walk with Christ that they will have hope, love, and joy. And I pray that when they get handed a flier announcing the “Coming Judgment and Wrath of God” that they will be confident of their salvation. But WILL they know that they have hope against all odds? WILL they know that their trust is not in riches, power, or politics? WILL they embrace each day with joy, peace, patience, kindness, and love?
Recently, my college student received a tract from the boisterous evangelist on the Syracuse University campus. He was visibly disturbed. As he waited for us in the doughnut shop, he read the packet. When we came in, he said, “This is pretty awful. There’s a lot of bad stuff that happens.”
So true, so true.
If we live apart from Christ, there is a lot of bad stuff that happens. We face eternal death in the lake of fire designed for the devil and his angels, and we face separation from God. To fear death is good motivation to trust in the one true God. But is this enough?
As we discussed the packet and the in-your-face evangelism that the local preacher demonstrated on the side walk in Syracuse, I was reminded of a verse.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 says, “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Death is real! It is inevitable! BUT WE NO LONGER FEAR DEATH! Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, we have victory over sin. So we do not fear death. We have the opportunity to live righteously on the earth knowing that our hope is in Christ.
So I continue to pray. I expect my kids to be turned to the Lord and embrace their walk with Him. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them. And I expect many, many discussions in the future about the scriptures and how it impacts them. The love of Christ is manifest in many forms and verses. I pray that ALL my kids would know the fullness of Christ and fellowship with Him, whether they are in college, school, home, or the community. I have great expectations for them in Christ.