It took a while before I actually understood what compromising meant and how it affected my testimony. It had a lot to do with fear in men. I used to think that there wasn't anything wrong about having the best of both worlds, compartmentalizing secular and spiritual areas in my life. I thought I could straddle the fence, many people I knew who called themselves Christians did and it seemed like there wasn't anything wrong with it. Alas, I was wrong.
Through the years, my convictions grew and I began to see things in a very different light the more I got to know God. I gained much perspective as I grew to understand His Word. That it was not enough to just accept Jesus as my Savior. I have to make Him Lord of my life. Suddenly, the fence grew uncomfortable and I had to choose sides. The burden to show my children what real Christianity meant, grew increasingly. I had to model it with how I made choices, how I stood up for my convictions even at the risk of mockery and persecution, to choose battles to engage in and disengage from. I grew conscious of how I lived my life in and out of our home and church. I struggled to close the gap between the spiritual and secular areas of my life.
If I wanted my children to love Jesus, they must see that kind of love in me. If I want them to surrender their life to Christ, then I must live a life surrendered completely to Him. If I pray for their spiritual maturity, I must do my part to equip myself first and then them next. If I don't want them compromising, they must see my convictions clearly. If I want them to grow up like modern-day Josephs, then I must start raising them to be one by getting of the fence, choosing Jesus' side, seeking His approval and not men, and being secured in His love and not the love of the world.
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