This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
When they come knocking on your door, will you answer?
Will you open your door when those sweet kiddos come knocking on October 31st?
I was sharing a verse in Matthew 7:7-8 with one of my children and they said, ” It’s kind of like when people come trick or treating at our door, they knock and ask for candy, and we give it to them, but we bless them with the secret to eternal life too!” Out of the mouths of babes!
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
Man, I am so convicted by the insightful things my kids say sometimes. This was definitely one of those moments, because as I sit and meditate on this concept in relation to giving out candy on October 31st, I can see how many would not want to participate at all in anything that others are celebrating in a pagan way. And I get it, I am with ya!
But I also see a testimony, a life example in Jesus, who walked among sinners, loved them, served them, and didn’t hide in the dark with the lights off.
If I am teaching my children to do what Jesus did in other things, but am not willing to live it boldly and courageously myself, what kind of example am I?
We must choose to be the light in this dark world, to follow Jesus example when He said, “ask and it will be given to you, …knock and the door will be opened to you.” I never really understood how this verse could relate to me as a stay-at-home-mom. I struggled to see how it applied to my children and how we were supposed to be Jesus to the world. And even though Jesus is speaking specifically about us coming to the Father and seeking truth. As believers, we are to follow His example and imitate Jesus in how we make disciples.
And maybe this message was just supposed to be an encouragement to me, but now I see that God is calling us to boldly open our doors to those who knock and to speak life in the words we share through sppech and writing.
Let me help, if you have decided as a family to pass out candy, think on this thought. This is an opportunity for you to SHINE for Jesus! What other day do people, young children, come knocking on your door?
People are coming to YOUR DOOR!
If you don’t have gospel tracks, consider printing out this FREE Printable of Scripture verses and taping them to candy before it gets dark!
Remember, Shine for Jesus. Smile, and let God’s Light Resonate!
As Christ-following, not man following, parents what do we or do we not participate in regarding cultural holidays?
How much is ok?
How does the history of October 31st impact what we do today?
Candy, costumes, pumpkins, parties, and on and on. This topic has even been stimulating topics on Christmas and Easter all over the internet.
Here are my two most popular articles on Redeeming Halloween:
Engaging But Not Encouraging Halloween
Redeeming Halloween | Free Pumpkin Gospel Printable
Do you know what conclusion I have come to? Today is the Lord’s Day! It didn’t originate as a pagan holiday, October 31st was a day God made. It was His and the devil has tried to steal it. To redeem something means to reclaim it, to take it back. Let’s reclaim the day as the Lord’s by simply doing all we can do, all our conscience allows us to do, and the Spirit of God leads us to do to reclaim this day and make it more about Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Amen?
It’s that simple. He has made it. God has given us another day of LIFE! We are so blessed. And yet it is just another day in which we have the opportunity to leave intentional legacies, bring Him glory, enjoy the gifts He has given us in our families and in creation, and most of to delight in another day of relationship with Him. What a relief!