During yesterday’s sermon (11/12/17), I taught out of John 19 on the crucifixion of Jesus. During Jesus’ interaction with Pilate, Jesus informed him that the only reason he was in a place of authority was because God had given him that authority. However, Pilate was still responsible for the authority that God had given him. Translation for today: God gives us our authority, but we still have a responsibility in how we use that authority as leaders, business owners, managers, and as parents. This blog will focus specifically on the authority we’re given as parents.
The primary responsibility of a parent is to teach their children to love the Lord their God with all the heart, and with all their soul and with all their might (Deut. 6:4). In fact, the bible is very clear that parents should be very diligent in teaching their kids this truth (Deut. 6:7). The word used for “diligent” in this text literally means to, “teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions.1” This command of parents is not wishful thinking by God, but an earnest desire for parents to carry out. How can a parent accomplish this in a world where most parents are not Christians, let alone care about teaching their kids to love God?
Here are a few suggestions for parents on this journey to raise children who Love God with all their heart, soul, and might.
Kids are very perceptive of what is important to their parents. If Jesus is important to you, then show them with your actions. Have a daily bible study where the kids can see you. Pray over your family every night, and have a family bible study together before the kids go to bed. Also, show your kids that church is a priority by being there consistently. Yes, there may be days when you don’t feel like reading God’s word, or praying, or even going to church, but it is especially during those times that you must remain diligent. Your kids are watching.
UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL
It is of utmost importance that parents understand what the gospel is and how it impacts everyday lives, so that a biblical way of thinking will shape your parenting. The more that parents understand the gospel, the more easily they can point their kids to their need of the gospel. The depth in which you can talk to your kids will vary based on how old they are, but that should not deter parents from pointing their kids to the gospel. For example, if your kids have trouble sharing, talk to them about sin and selfishness. Share with them how Jesus came to forgive sin and to make us selfless.
Serving together is a great way to show your kids the importance of God. It also is a great way to mimic the life of Jesus as he came to serve and not to be served (Mark 10:45). This could be done at church, in the community, or even in your neighborhood. Make sure that you lead out in serving with a cheerful heart and not reluctantly. Your kids will pick up on the attitude that is being conveyed and will mirror the same attitude.
Lastly, build in accountability in your life as a parent. Parenting is extremely hard, and no one is perfect. This is why accountability is so important. Accountability will help push us along when we don’t feel like being consistent, or intentional in sharing the gospel, or even serving together.
Give another person permission to ask you hard questions that will keep you on track in raising children who will grow to love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and might.
God has given us an incredible responsibility of authority in our families. We must remain diligent in teaching our kids to love God. This will happen only if we constantly display for our kids the importance of Christ in our daily lives. I pray that you found this blog helpful as we all seek to continue to raise children who will learn to love God with all their heart, soul, and might.