What does Christ want for each of us?
Being willing to respond to Jesus's call is one of the most important things you can teach your child.
Her identity is not in her abilities, her performance, her looks, her strength, her intelligence, or any of the other things that we value so much. Her identity is in Jesus Christ and her willingness to follow him. And what’s more, Jesus doesn’t demand absolute perfection. Peter messed up. Not only did he often speak out of turn, he denied Jesus during his hour of greatest need. But Jesus did not condemn him for his failures because Peter was always willing to get up, dust himself off, and keep following Jesus. That is what Christ wants for each one of us. Not perfection, but a willingness to follow. The real beauty of Peter’s Pentecost sermon is that it wasn’t preached by Peter’s power. Right before he got up to speak, the Holy Spirit fell with power and Peter was given the words. Before his death, Jesus had given his disciples a promise: “do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you” (Matthew 10:19-20).
On Pentecost, this promise was fulfilled. God’s Spirit is still empowering his people. He empowers each one of us to accomplish the task that he has given us. He is actively transforming us into what he has called us to be. As you discuss these things with your children, I would encourage you to reflect on the task that God has given you and your children. Talk about ways that you can help fulfill the great commission. In addition to this, introduce your children to other believers who have gone before and who have followed Peter’s example – men and women like Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, George Mueller, and others. As you read about and remember people who have followed Jesus through the power of his Spirit, you will help your children understand that Jesus’s words to Peter and Andrew were not just for them – but for all of us.