Spiritual Question Marks
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 PETER 3:15, NIV
I am so grateful I had a mom and dad who received Christ as their Savior and were assured of being welcomed into heaven when they died. But I know it’s not that way for everyone.
Perhaps you are not sure if your parents have a real faith in Jesus. If so, I encourage you to consider three things. (And if not, I hope you’ll store these suggestions away to share with people who do face this issue.)
1. Pray. Ask God to use you or someone else to communicate His love to them. And if words seem awkward or stiff when bringing up spiritual things, then talk less and pray more. Too often in our zeal for our parent’s salvation, we can become preachy. It may be more important that you pray for them and that you show your parents honor and love and other tangible proof of the difference Christ makes in your life. Pray that they will see Him in your countenance, your attentiveness to their needs and your sacrifices on their behalf.
2. Share a tribute. I’ve heard from many people who have written tributes to parents who are not followers of Christ. And by going home and reading these expressions of love face to face, heart to heart, they’ve seen God thaw their parent’s hearts, making it possible to share the gospel with them. I wonder how many parents are waiting on their children’s honor before they receive their children’s Savior.
3. Be ready to tell them about Jesus. Whether through your own testimony, a book you might give them or some other avenue, watch for windows of opportunity to explain your faith with them. There’s hope. Recently I had lunch with a man who was exuberant because he had just led his 71-year-old father to Christ. May God answer your prayers in the same way.
What’s one way you could be more Christlike when relating to your parents?
If one or both of your parent’s aren’t followers of Christ, ask God to break through to them.