Reach Your Potential


Our guest blogger today is Mark Steiner. Mark has served as president of Through the Bible Publishers since 1995 and was instrumental in creating DiscipleLandDiscipleLand partners with parents and teachers to build lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ.

Reach Your Potential by Mark Steiner

Just as human parents swell with pride in their child’s achievements, our heavenly Father receives great glory, renown, and satisfaction when His children reach their peak potential in Christ.

Our Highest Priority
If we asked our heavenly Father, “What is most important to You,” He might answer, “I have no greater joy than to hear that My children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4). The sanctification process is very dear to God’s heart. Why? When believers walk uprightly, we fulfill God’s highest purpose.
Ask any Christian parent, “Do you want your child to reach his or her peak potential?” The answer is always, “Yes, of course!” Follow up that first question with, “In addition to his or her salvation, is anything more important to you?” Parents usually respond, “No. Nothing else compares with the priority of my child becoming all that God wants him or her to be.”
Our Situation
Since our highest priority is that our children reach their full potential, why are many Christians “mediocre?” Why do so few children possess wholehearted zeal for God? There are two main reasons. First, in an effort to be “cool” and to fit in, many kids become satisfied with lackluster spiritual growth. The world belittles righteousness, selflessness, and humility—the very virtues that God prizes!
Second, kids rarely rise above the level of adult expectations. They reach only as high as we hold the bar. We often place the “spiritual growth” bar far too low, causing students to believe that their faith is not all that important. Thus, we’re cheating our children! By es­tablishing higher standards, we can motivate children to keep growing as Jesus’ lifelong disciples.
Every child deserves an opportunity to reach his or her peak potential; yet most kids attain only a fraction of their true capacity. Instead of seeking the summit of their abilities, they linger in the valley of compla­cency. Children need our help to reach the spiritual heights that God intends! It is time to “raise the bar.” Kids have untapped potential to learn practical skills for using God’s Word, relating to people, and living out their faith.
Our Solution
Churches and families are two God-ordained institutions designed to reinforce each other. When they link arms to address this situation together, kids see that consistent values are promoted from both their local churches and their families.
Unfortunately, many parents are overwhelmed with their responsibility to provide spiritual training. They did not receive the knowledge or skills when they grew up; therefore they lack a good grasp of how to pass the essentials of the faith along to their kids. This is where the church must step up. Local assemblies need to offer “spiritual mentoring” sessions, parenting classes, or training workshops so parents can teach and model biblical lifestyles to their own children.  
Parents and churches can partner to maximize kids’ God-given gifts, talents, and abilities. Together, we can transform kids into dynamic disciples of Jesus Christ. Together, we can lead our children to know God intimately, love Him passionately, and serve Him selflessly. 


How have you seen parents and churches working together to disciple kids? 


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2 comments:

  1. I'm grateful for DiscipleLand. Their commitment to biblical integrity and child development is honorable. I'm grateful to partner with them. Great article Mark. Thank you.

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  2. Thank you so much Mark for this post. I totally agree with you when you say many parents did not receive the skills needed when growing up. This is particularly true for adult children of divorce. If a young man was raised in a single mom home for the most part they are clueless.

    I once had a sturdy Christian father tell me that both of his parents had been divorce three times during his childhood. Needless to say he didn't attend church very much or get the training he needed to even be a father.

    I asked him what influenced his desire to be a Christian father serving the Lord so faithfully. He said one man had influenced him. This older Christian man loved his wife and was a great father and served in his church. The man tool my friend under his wing and mentored him in scriptures, in how to be a Christian husband and father and how to serve in his church.

    Thanks Mark for all you do for the Kingdom

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