How to Raise God Loving Children
What does it take to raise God loving children? Being a parent is hard work, but when issues of faith arise it can be difficult. This week we will look at how children are precious to the Lord and the responsibility that parents have to raise their children according to the Word.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 NIV
God wants parents to train their children in all aspects of faith. That means going to church, learning how to pray, and involvement with Bible stories. You can teach a child a lot of patience, love, and trust just by showing them Biblical Heroes and Heroines. Just as David trusted God when he battled Goliath, you can read these stories to your children and show them how important trust is in their Heavenly Father.
Train Them Up
Make sure your children know more about God and His Son than just Christmas and Easter. While those are important in the Christian life, that is not all there is to it. Show them how God gave His Son to help save humanity and then raised Him up after three days to reign in glory. When your children go to bed help them say nightly prayers and when they get up say morning prayers. Jesus loves nothing more than children that delight in His presence.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4 NIV.
The Lord welcomed children to His side to hold and delight in while He was here on earth. He often spoke of them as the heirs to the Kingdom. Jesus tells us to be as innocent as children when we walk in our faith. Children believe what they are told by their parents, as we are supposed to believe what is told to us in God’s Word. It is a hefty responsibility to be the caretaker of your child’s soul. Consider it one of the most important jobs you will ever have, because when your children grow older they will bless you with their faith.
If you haven’t been a Christian your whole life or have not taught your children about the Bible, ask yourself why? Don’t take any chances with waiting. You don’t have to push it all on them at once. Begin by allowing your child or teenager see you praying for them. Invite them to a lively church with a full youth program. Let them meet new friends at church and help them to feel at home there. Discuss big topics such as death, Heaven, and Salvation with them. If they haven’t been baptized it needs to be talked about. The more studied you are in Scripture the better this process will go, so study up.
If They Say No
It may come up as a surprise when your teen doesn’t want anything to do with religion. First, ask them if it’s God they have the problem with or today’s churches. There’s a difference. Many times children see through facades and pretty scenery and don’t want anything to do with those not “walking their talk.” If they see that in many churches, especially from peers at school, they won’t respect religion or God that much. That is a sad truth about today’s society, but it happens. If your child won’t budge, don’t force it. Continue to pray for them and their Salvation. You need to walk your talk so your child and Christ can see your faith. This will help your child come to understand that there are wholesome and legitimate Christians. Ask your child to come to Christmas and Easter services, sure, it’s not everything you might have wanted, but it’s a start.
Never Stop Leading by Example
God has gifted you with beautiful children, and you should never give up on them. It is up to you to lead them in the way that they should go because if you wait until they are older, it will be much more difficult for them to embrace what you tell them about Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember your goal is to raise God loving children.
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14 NIV.