What We Need in Parenting Our Kids

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The enemy does not sleep. That is why we must be intentional, relentless, and confident in our pursuit of teaching our children the Word of God.

“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”Deuteronomy 11:19

Failing to teach our children in the truth of the gospel is antithetical to loving them. Our adversary has a canny way of wrapping sin in pretty packages. What can be done to convince children that God is more attractive than anything the world has to offer?

Immerse yourself in the Word of God

Woman reading a book


Before we parents and teachers teach truth, we’d better be sure we have it ourselves.

This generation is woefully ignorant of sound doctrine. How, then, can  be avoided? Assess your time management when it comes to prioritizing Christ. Make daily Bible reading a habit. If you want Christ to be your child’s first love, you must make him your own.

Make your joy in Christ visible to your children

Mother and daughter lying on the grass

When God gives you reason to exult, share it with your kids! And don’t just do it from the mountaintop. Be sure to remind your children of God’s grace and glorify his goodness from the depth of the valleys, as well. Don’t waste a moment in showcasing our benevolent God in all circumstances. Your enthusiasm and love for Christ will make an impression on your children.

Present the gospel every day and in different ways

Black parents reading book with daughter

Children will not learn the gospel without hearing it. Not just on Sundays, but every day. Paul asks, in Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”

Don’t become complacent to the lie that your schedule is too tight to regularly share the gospel with your kids. When you’re driving them to soccer, tucking them into bed, walking through the mall, be intentional in taking every opportunity to teach your children on the Word of God through the regular hearing of Scripture. Take every moment with them captive to the teaching of Christ.

We must never waver in our effort to teach our children that Christ is worth following, despite the lure and enticement of the world. It must begin and end with the gospel.

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