One of the wonderfully devoted staff members at the National Church Office recently brought me an old picture of a young Bible college student. The picture was quite old (about 33 years) and captured a season when bold, plaid, bell-bottom pants and platform shoes were in style. Oh, yeah … he also had curly dark hair down to the shoulders and to top everything off, a moustache. In addition, the student was a PK—that’s right, a preacher’s kid, attending Bible college, strumming a guitar and pretending to sing on tune. I took a good ribbing that day around the office and ever since, that picture has been locked away for safe-keeping. I was told that there weren’t any more copies. Do you think I believe that?
Growing up in a minister’s home was one of the toughest and best things that ever happened to me. I got to see the preacher up close, after the Sunday message, after the membership meetings, after the church picnics, etc. Know what I discovered? Godly parents who lived what they preached, who walked out their salvation like everyone else and who tried to make life sane, even when it was next to impossible.
Whether you’ve raised your children or are still raising them … your home is generally the truest test of your current walk with the Lord. Have you been honest or deceitful? Loving or spiteful? Patient or demanding? Respectful or dishonoring? Intimate or distant? Spiritual or carnal? PK could stand for “privileged kid,” or … it could stand for “poor kid.” You choose!
“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Phil. 4:9 NKJV