Even if you are not yet a parent, I still believe this post is important to read. If you are already a parent, then please stick around!
I became a mom just 17 short months ago, but in that brief amount of time I have already realized the huge responsibility bringing a new life into this world holds. Not only are my husband and I responsible for keeping our gal safe, healthy, and happy, we also are called to teach her about Jesus. We live in times where parents are now saying that we should let children choose for themselves. They should decide what they want to be in all ways. Many parents think it brainwashing to “force” your religion upon a child.
However, as a parent, you should want what is best for your child. Our job is to help them grow into amazing, joyful adults. Teaching your child about the most important thing in your life, and the One who can bring true joy, is simply what’s right. It’s even biblical (catching a theme here?)!
“5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
As parents, we are not responsible for our children’s salvation. That decision is ultimately left up to them. However, we are fully responsible for guiding them, praying for them, and helping them learn about God and the Bible. Once you believe the importance and have the desire to diligently teach your children about Christ, then a new thought should pop into your mind.
” You cannot give your child what you do not have,” words spoken by one of my favorite authors and podcasters, Heidi St. John. If we ourselves see the importance of loving God and following His word, then we most likely see the importance of imparting that wisdom on to our children. But, if we are not seeking God and His truth then how can we expect our children to?
I know that I owe everything I have to God, and that by living my life by His Word I can live abundantly in freedom. So you’d better believe I am going to impart that to my children! But first, I need to be practicing what I preach.
Check back next week to learn some practical tips on how to study the Bible.