How many times has something like this happened to you: You are talking with a friend or acquaintance who is not a Christian, and the topic of God, Christ, the Bible, or the church comes up. Or maybe this person said, “The Lord has sure been good to me.” Or something like, “God sure works in mysterious ways.” Or even, “That is a miracle.” And instead of using that opportunity to teach them, you simply shrugged your shoulders or raised your eyebrows, or something like that. Later, as you thought about what had happened, you said to yourself, “I should have said something about that.” But you didn’t!
From time to time our children bring up a point or ask questions that may be of great importance to them, or it may be one of those rare times when a discussion could have been generated and God’s truth imparted. Maybe we just blew it off, didn’t have the time to get into it, or just didn’t think it was very important. Later on, as we thought about it, we may have thought, “I should have answered that question, or discussed that with them.” But you didn’t!
When you and I look back over the years at the opportunities we had to teach God’s word, impart godly suggestions, or take a stand for God and His truth, we are all probably ashamed at the many times we could say, “I should have said…but I didn’t.” Everyone has those times. We all have let some opportunities pass that should have been handled differently.
HERE IS MY POINT: Do we continue to let this happen, or do we speak up?
Friends, we need the determination to not let this continue. While people’s minds are on the subject of God, Christ, the Bible, the church, or any other spiritual subject, we need to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak. When our children have certain matters on their minds, we need to give our best as parents to answer and to provide study. We don’t have to be haunted by the nagging thought, “I should have said something,” anymore.
Let us speak up and deal with these matters while the opportunity is before us.
As Christians – 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:15
As Christian parents – Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:15
As we look back from this day forward, may we be able to say, “I did speak up. I took advantage of that opportunity to say something!”