“And being good is an adventure far more violent and daring than sailing round the world.” – G.K. Chesterton
We want more for our own children, but are we willing to lead them into it? Jesus once said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Luke 6:40) Indeed, if our students and children will become like us, then we must lead them in delighting in the things of God with our time, energy, and finances. They cannot become more like the godly young men and women that we want them to be if we are failing to lead them into that godliness ourselves.
Now, I am not suggesting that all – or any – of their salvation is dependent upon us. Works count for naught. But, God does call us to be responsible in this upward call of God: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us: looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” Jesus is the source and perfecter of our faith, and yet He reminds us that we must run with endurance. “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, knowing that it is God who is at work within you both to will and to work for His own good pleasure.” We must work out our salvation; we must lead our students and children in how to work out their salvation all the while giving all of the glory to God for doing so. “By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not the result of works lest any should boast. For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Let us strive to go ever higher for God’s glory in our own personal holiness in order that we might help our disciples, our children, – to become like Christ by becoming like us. “Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.” (Phil. 3:17)