1 Corinthians 13:4-7 tells us that love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.Through this transition process, I believe that many people have thought our decision to move to Kenya to be less then loving... actually to be quite selfish on our part. After all, how could we possible move to a third world country with two young children?
The only answer I can give is love.The love that I feel for my children is unlike anything I have ever experience. My heart could burst with joy every time I hear their little voices screaming with laughter while being tickled. Or when Ava places her little three old hands on my cheeks, and tells me that she loves me and I'm her best friend... OH how I melt! Or when Boaz blows me kisses and nestles his little head in my neck. I honestly believe I could hold him like that forever. As much as I love, and cherish them, I know that God loves them more. The Maker of heaven and earth has perfectly designed these little ones, and their worth is immeasurable. With that said, I think it's safe to say that we are held to pretty high standard as parents. Our instruction and teaching are to be garlands on their heads, and pendants around their necks. We called to teach our children diligently throughout the day. And the most important thing we can teach them about is the Kingdom of God. We are less concerned about their advancement in this world and more concerned about their advancement in the Kingdom of our Lord.
So what does kingdom greatness look like? Simply put, it looks like Jesus. One of the most beautiful things about our great King is He not only taught us the values of the Kingdom... He modeled them. He took the low road when He could have exalted Himself, and made a grand and luxurious life on this earth. But He choose not to. Here is the picture Paul paints for us.
Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death on the cross.Greatness, the kingdom kind, only comes from following our Master. Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount that the blessed ones in His Kingdom are the poor. Those who mourn will be comforted, and meekness is a virtue to uphold. The merciful will receive His mercy, and the peacemakers are called son's of God!
Kingdom greatness comes from a pure heart towards God, and a hunger and thirst for righteousness. The most important thing we can give to our children, is modeling a life built on the Rock. A life that goes exactly where God tells them to go, even if it may not make sense to the world. Our Lamb has conquered, let us follow Him.