As a mom, one of my biggest desires for my kids is that they follow the Lord. In my heart, there is nothing I want more than for my kids to love God as Jesus commanded…with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. I have taught them about God since they were little. Never being one to shy away from Biblical truths just in case they didn’t understand, I always spoke truth to them as though they fully understood what I was talking about. And if they didn’t understand, I didn’t worry about it. Because I know God’s word never returns void. A seed is planted. Always.
However, as we raise our kids and journey through the teen years, we might begin to wonder if our child is truly following the Lord. Is there a way to tell? Are we able to determine the authenticity of their faith? Yes, I believe we can. And, honestly, I came across the answer kind of by divine accident. I say divine accident because I didn’t purpose for the discovery, but God certainly did! My, friend, if you are wondering How To Tell If Your Teen Is A Disciple Of Christ, this post might help.
What Is A Disciple, Anway?
Before we get into that, though, I think it is important to determine what exactly is a disciple. If we don’t know what one is, how can we know if our child is one – or if we are for that matter.
Easton’s Bible dictionary says this:
a scholar, sometimes applied to the followers of John the Baptist (Mat 9:14), and of the Pharisees (22:16), but principally to the followers of Christ. A disciple of Christ is one who (1) believes his doctrine, (2) rests on his sacrifice, (3) imbibes his spirit, and (4) imitates his example.
According to this definition, a disciple of Christ believes, rests in, imbibes (or soaks up, drink in, acquires), and imitates Christ. What a fantastic definition!
I always knew that my daughter, Sarah’s, heart was for the Lord. Her heart has always been spiritually sensitive and soft towards Jesus. I had no concerns about her devotion to her Savior. However, this one incident confirmed my confidence in the strength of her spiritual walk.
She was invited to sleepover with some girls who are not followers of Christ. Now, I don’t usually allow for sleepovers, so this is a rarity in our family. Sarah does demonstrate Godly wisdom, therefore, I trusted her in this situation. I also laid awake much of the night praying for her – which I am glad I did!
When I picked her up the next morning, she expressed to me how much fun she had with her friends. This thrilled my heart since this has been a huge area of struggle for her until we moved to this little city.
But then…she shared something else with me. She explained that they were trying to pick a movie to watch together and one girl suggested “Deadpool”. Now, I have never seen this movie, but I am aware of the appalling language that is throughout. This is something we have discussed with our kids at great length. We are careful with what we view – both my husband and me as well as with the kids. This movie is off-limits.
Sarah spoke up and said that she didn’t want to watch that movie because it has too much swearing in it. One of the other girls piped up, “Your parents will never know!”. Umm…yes, we will because Sarah tells us pretty much everything…and when I say everything, I mean everything.
Sarah stuck to her guns and didn’t cave. The girls watched a much more appropriate movie.
As Sarah and I discussed this incident, I asked her if she was concerned about getting into trouble if she had given into a bit of peer pressure and watched the movie. Her response surprised and delighted me.
She had not afraid of getting into trouble or me being mad at her. Her decision to not watch that movie was deeper than that.
What She Truly Feared
She said that she knew watching it would not please God. Her viewing such a movie would not bring God glory. And she would feel awkward and uncomfortable because of this if she had not stood her ground.
Her decision wasn’t about me at all. It was about God. She chose to be in obedience to God, regardless of the cost.
And, ultimately, this is my goal as her mom. I want her to look beyond mommy and my approval and seek God’s glory and honor. For her to be in full obedience to God no matter what. That’s my desire for my kids.
And this little occasion really helped me to see that my daughter is authentically following her Lord. I have that confidence that God is working in her life and that He is very real to her.
Do you have a similar story? I’d love to hear it if you do! Share below.
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