Proverbs 22:6 KJV
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
I asked one of the members of my congregation, a 7-year-old girl, what she wanted for Christmas. She replied, “A Bible”. Hallelujah! Because of this, God put it on my heart to write today’s devotional about raising godly children and the importance of us (parents) to be their example. We can not live a contradictory lifestyle and expect our children to live and act like Christians. Ephesians 6:4 says, Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
One of the great struggles we have today in the Church is preserving our children in the Christian Faith. Too often they seem not to be interested. Can we somehow motivate our kids to be excited about following Christ and being born-again Christians? I believe there is a way. It takes commitment and hard work, but it’s worth it.
More important than anything other than the Kingdom of God is our family. I believe if we’re going to raise devout Christian families, our spouses and children have to be our highest priority, next to Christ and His Church.
For the believer, our journey with Christ and His Church always comes first. The Scriptures are clear! Our relationship with God comes first, our commitment to our family comes next, and our dedication to our work is third.
As parents, we need to make a vice-grip-firm commitment that above job, above our social life, above all the things that vie for our time, we will prioritize our families.
I cannot tell you the number of Christian people-who lost their families because, by their own admission, their career came first. They were absentee dads and moms, and their jobs ate them up.
In Deuteronomy 4, Moses is talking to the children of Israel about the importance of keeping God’s commandments. And then he speaks directly to parents and grandparents: “Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren” (Deuteronomy 4:9). Moses goes on to explain the importance of such conversations by recalling what the Lord had said to him: “that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children” (Deuteronomy 4:10). Children who are rightly taught the Word of God will teach their own children.
As a parent you must live out your faith in your own life. It is impossible to give away something you don’t have. Kids can spot a phony from a mile away. They’re looking for the real deal from their parents. You can’t go to church once a month and expect your children to grow and attend regularly.
Living your faith can start with simple things, like showing love, kindness, and generosity. If your kids see you finding ways to “be a blessing,” it will become a natural and normal way of life for them too. Start sharing your faith early in the lives of your kids. Being a part of a living Christian church shows your kids that you think spending time with God is important. Make it a point to let them hear you talk about the great things God has done for you. Let them hear how much you’ve been helped by being in the midst of people with similar beliefs who pray for you and you for them.
Sharing your faith also means reading the Bible with your children in a way that causes it to come alive for them. Find age appropriate Bible resources and lessons to incorporate into your family fun times, as well as your child’s education. Make family devotions and Bible reading a priority in your weekly schedule.
Show your kids what’s in it for them. This is probably one of the most difficult things for many Christian parents. Often people are brought up to believe that faith is some kind of obligation you fulfill by attending church on Sunday. And let’s face it, kids today aren’t interested in obligations unless there is some kind of pay out at the end.
So tell them When they give their life to Christ, they secure their place in heaven. Tell them Having God’s favor on their life is like unwrapping a gift every single day. Tell them When God enters their life, they receive unconditional love.
Now let me bring some realness to this…Raising Christian children in today’s society is not easy. Whether we would like to admit it or not, Satan is attacking the very fabric of our families and values.
From evolution and humanism being taught in schools to promiscuity and disrespect for authority being pushed in the media. Every day of their lives, your children are bombarded with lies dressed up like the truth.
God’s promise of your children not departing from His way is still in effect today. It is time for you to claim it by faith for your own family.
Do you want your children to bear good fruit for the Lord in their lives? Then take the time to hand-pick the seeds you want to be sown into them today.
Designating a regularly scheduled time to personally pour the wisdom and promises of God into your children will impact your family for generations to come. Your Family Bible Study time is not just the chance to beat your kids over the head with the Ten Commandments and the dangers of fornication. It is where you minister to them about the love and promises of God. Where you introduce them to their Lord and Savior as their best friend and confidant. And where you model what a healthy relationship with their Heavenly Father looks like.
Don’t let Sunday morning be the only time your kids are exposed to the Word of God. Put a priority on raising Christian children! In Jesus name, Amen.
Scripture of the day: Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” ~ Ephesians 6:1-3 NIV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
The Living Word Ministries Inc.
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