Part One: FEAR OR FREEDOM?
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…” 2 Peter 1:3
It is not uncommon for me to encounter grandparents who feel inadequate and wholly unable to relate to the younger generations, especially teens. They often describe a paralyzing fear that restricts talking about difficult topics and inhibits the release of God’s transformational power in and through them. While most of us can relate to feelings of inadequacy, allowing those feelings to detain us from proactive involvement is tantamount to saying that we don’t believe God.
If God, through His divine power, has given us EVERYTHING we need for life and godliness, then is it not a sin to believe otherwise? Everything does not mean we know everything or “get it” with regard to digital technology and trends that are probably second nature for our grandchildren. It does mean that God has already given us everything we need to live godly lives in which we meaningfully engage with our culture as conduits of His grace and power. That’s a fact that we as grandparents must embrace and act upon. God has given us what we need to impact our grandchildren’s and our neighbors’ lives.
The practical implications of this truth – that we who are in Christ already have EVERYTHING we need – removes both the fear of adversity and the pressure to change others, including our grandchildren. Instead, we may now rest in the knowledge that God has supplied all the tools we need to live effective and productive godly lives. But what does that really mean?
That is what this series will explore. It’s called Plugged In: Divinely Powered for Life. We will explore together how we are now free to be Christ’s agent of blessing for another generation. It begins with a choice: to believe what God says and live in the power of knowing that His divine power is sufficient (which is so freeing), or to choose to live in fear and powerlessness. Fear or freedom—which will you choose?
GRANDPAUSE: “A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about truth.” G. K. Chesterton