#2 = Exposure
Here is just one awesome example of how Jesus chose to expose His disciples to a ministry opportunity that they would have otherwise missed. Mark 6:35 Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy something to eat.” But Jesus said, “You feed them.” “With what?” they asked. “We’d have to work for months to earn enough money to buy food for all these people!” “How much bread do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.” They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” Then Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of fifty or a hundred. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread to the disciples so they could distribute it to the people. He also divided the fish for everyone to share. They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. A total of 5,000 men and their families were fed from those loaves! NLT
What can we learn from this as parents? We need to expose our children to the types of qualities that we want them to have. If we want them to have an others oriented attitude then we have to give them opportunities to serve others. This can be both in the home, as we serve each other, or out of the home on family service projects. We can also include them in our decision making processes so they can learn from what we do. Allow them to participate even if it may mean a little more work in the present this is an invaluable part of the training process.
Listen to today’s podcast for more on this topic.