Developing Spiritual Champions
Samuel, the Old Testament prophet, was a spiritual champion. When we look at all the factors involved, it helps us to know what to do for our children. Samuel had a father and mother who were both concerned with spiritual things. He was placed under the mentorship of Eli, the spiri- tual leader of Israel at the time. So, he had parents and a teacher ministering and mentoring into his life during his childhood, youth and young adulthood. Championship is developed through challenges and hard work, most often with others who are committed to helping you define and develop yourself.
Samuel learned to hear and understand God’s voice and directions at a young age. He grew in his gifts over time and ended up having a long and distinguished career.
- A prayer warrior who cared deeply, “Samuel cried out to the Lord for Israel, and the Lordanswered him” (1 Samuel 7:9).
- A man of authority, “Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life” (1 Samuel 7:15)
- An obedient man, “Samuel did what the Lord said” (1 Samuel 3:21 & 16:4).
It is so important in the lives we are helping to build in our children, that we as parents are:
- Challenging them with spiritual things and living our lives with spiritual integrity.
- “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
- Making sure that the ones who teach our children are in agreement with our Biblical Worldview.
We cannot expect our children to “catch” Christianity living in a world that is counter culture to Christian beliefs! Instead we must intentionally make choices for our child to help them become a spiritual champion!