Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1
Jesus gave them authority to do all sorts of things that could only be done through Him, because it was impossible to do them through their own strength. He also gave them several instructions along the way. The first? Go where it’s not easy, and proclaim His message and do all sorts of miracles. The second? Don’t take any money with you. Basically, go in faith and watch Him provide. Go where you don’t know the terrain, and don’t bring anything with you. If that’s not scary, I don’t know what is.
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Matthew 10:16
Jesus delivers the best news here. He tells the disciples they will be handed over to local governments and flogged in synagogues. They will be arrested and hated and persecuted all because of Jesus. In the midst of all that chaos, Jesus tells them not to worry about what to say, because He will speak through them.
But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Matthew 10:19, 20
I wonder what the disciples were thinking when Jesus finished speaking. He was asking them to go out into the unknown without Him. He was asking them to take a giant leap of faith to do incredible things for the kingdom of God. As they counted the cost, they had to be scared out of their minds, but Jesus had trained them well. Numerous faith-building moments led up to this, so while they might have been scared, they knew they could trust Jesus. Their eyes had witnessed the miraculous. As Moms and Dads, Jesus has given us the incredible privilege to train up the little ones He’s entrusted us with. He wants to use our kids to do incredible things for His kingdom, but their faith muscle has to be stretched and bulked up in order to be ready. That’s why quick faith-building moments when kids are young are vital to exercising their faith muscle.
Here are some ideas on how to incorporate quick, faith-building moments into your busy lives…
1. While in the car driving to school, pray for the day. Pray for a test or exam or anything that might be causing anxiety that day.
2. Car repairs cost more than you have in your bank account! Pray together as a family, and ask God to provide for the need.
3. Get out a world map and pick a place. Do some research on the challenges of that country, and begin praying for those together as a family.
4. During evening bedtime prayers, pray for friends and family.
5. If you see someone who is homeless on the streets, pray for them, and then be obedient to whatever God might lead you to do.
6. Do a local outreach together as a family, and pray for the people you meet.
7. At Christmastime or birthdays, pray together as a family, and ask God to show you a charity to give to.
8. Sponsor a child. Pray for that child every day, write letters, and send photos of your family.
9. Go creative and fun. Have a family night and paint a picture or do a collage on what it means to have faith in God, or peruse the internet for fun faith-building games!
10. Read devotions like the Really Woolly 5 Minute Bedtime Treasury series. Nothing builds our faith like reading about the crazy stories in the Bible where God did so many miraculous things!
What are some faith-building moments you’ve done together as a family?