As a parent God has commissioned us to teach our children His word. God has made a promise to us if we keep this commandment, in Proverbs 22:6 it says train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
As a mother of three young children, I want to teach my children to know God in a personal way. I want them to know that God has a better plan for them than they could possible imagine and that they should follow His plan for their life and nothing else.
Children are a gift from God, Psalm 127:3 says sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. It is such a blessing to be called Mom or Dad. Should we not want to do what God has entrusted us to do?
Throughout the Bible we see how God has referenced children and their importance. I point this out to you because being a parent is one of the greatest callings on our life. It is our most important Ministry. Our Ministry does not start with our service or our job, but in our home with our family.
Another scripture that stands out to me when I think of the responsibility and calling that God has place on my life as a mom is Deuteronomy 6:5-7 “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
I believe that Christian parents have to take a stand for what is right according to God’s word. We live in a society where we are busy all the time. It is hard for families to even have a meal together daily.
Our schedules are overloaded and our families are the ones that are suffering. We have been trained that success, according to the world’s standards is how much we have or our job title. The world’s standard does not align with God’s standard. It is time that we come back to the faith that our country was founded on.
Over the past few months God has really pressed upon my heart the importance of children and the need for Christian to be set apart. Lets think about what that really means.
Our children have access to the world 24 hours a day through the internet, T.V., video games, magazines and their peers. We are responsible for the adults that our children will some day become. Do you want to look back and say, “I should have done things differently?” “I wish I would have taught them how to have a personal relationship with God?”
Of course we do not want to look back when our children are grown and have any regrets. So, what can we do to help our children live a set apart life? First and foremost we should teach our children scripture.
You will be amazed at how quickly they learn if you spend time with them daily reading a child-friendly Bible. Make up some games to help them memorize simple scriptures that teach them about what is right and wrong.
Help your children compare what they are watching on T.V. and what appears in the video games they are playing to what the Bible encourages them to think about.
By encouraging them to apply the Bible to their daily activities, they’ll grow up knowing what it means to please God and will be able to make the best decisions.
Written by Beverly Dixon. Reprinted with permission.