A few Sundays ago, my almost six-year-old son asked me “Do you take samples for Jesus?” I had no idea what he was talking about. Samples for Jesus? I asked him again what he said to make sure I did not misunderstand him. “Do you take samples for Jesus?” I finally told him that I had no idea what he was talking about. In frustration, he said, “You know…those pieces that Mr. Richard passes out in that plate.” Aha! He was talking about communion! After laughing for quite a bit at the joy of my little boy, I explained that, yes, mommy takes “samples” for Jesus.
As what seems to be commonplace lately in my life, the Lord used my son to deliver a message that provoked my thoughts about my life as a Christian. Do I fully live out a life that is reflecting of Christ in me? Or, am I just sampling the Christian life? What can I do to show my children and others around me that my walk with Christ is more than showing up to church, saying Amen, and taking communion?
I want my children to see that being a believer requires full attention. One cannot just pick and choose pieces of it as if sampling the foods at a local deli. It is the choice between living as if this is the only destination or choosing to live with the full belief that there is life beyond this world. It is the notion that everything and everyone matters to God. It is the hope that only comes from salvation. It is the faith of the glory of Jesus Christ.
Once again, I love that the Lord delivers quick, simplistic, and innocent messages through the words of my children. I hope that their eyes and their hearts see their mommy as a faith-leaning, Christ-believing, and people-loving Christian. I pray that my life reflects to them that their mommy is more than just a “sample-taster”.