As parents, we know we have the joyous responsibility of caring for and raising our children – but as Christians, that also means discipling them.
And if these current times have shown us anything, it’s that if we don’t disciple our children well – then someone else will. Likely the culture around them.
So what does it mean to disciple our own children and how can we start today?
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Talk About Jesus
If we love Jesus – He should be what we talk about – all the time.
As Christian parents, it’s crucial to make your home a place where the name of Jesus is uplifted.
Talk about Him. Teach your children how to love Him, and show them how you love Him by the way you live your life.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-9
While it’s good to teach your children right from wrong – don’t get caught up in moralism.
Your children should learn to obey Jesus because they love Him, and their heart is changed – not to simply be “good” to “earn” His love – which we know isn’t true salvation.
Make It A Way Of Life
Don’t fall prey into thinking you need some “magical program” to disciple your child.
Discipleship is a way of life – not a rigid curriculum.
Look for natural ways to talk about Jesus and the Gospel as you go about your day.
Maybe it’s stopping to share the Gospel with someone at the grocery store, or sharing your faith with the bank teller.
Your child is watching how you live your life.
From the music you play to the movies you watch, raising your child in a Christ-centered home means your home revolves around Christ and His teachings.
If you curse at home and use foul language or watch violent and sexually-explicit movies, it sets a bad example and creates confusion.
After all, if your child learns being a Christian means Jesus is Lord of one’s life – it sends a double message if you aren’t living that way.
Involve Your Local Church
You are not meant to be the only one talking to your child about Jesus.
Those in your church community are meant to walk alongside your parenting journey with you!
Make sure your child is plugged into age-appropriate programs at church so they can meet other kids their age with similar values.
Church isn’t meant to take the place of you discipling your own child, but it is a helpful partnership.
And your child will learn the importance of Christian fellowship at an early age.
The Dangers Of Neglecting Your Home
Some parents claim they are simply “too busy” to spend the time investing in their child’s spiritual growth.
They think sending them to Sunday School class for one hour a week is enough.
Remember – our children are BOMBARDED with images and pressure from the world to live a secular lifestyle.
The LGBT agenda has made its way into schools and even into TV shows geared for children as young as 3-years-old.
Teens are feeling constant pressure to be sexually active and rebel against authority.
If you leave the culture to “disciple” your child – they’ll eagerly take on the challenge.
But if you view discipleship as a beautiful part of how you raise your child – you’ll be amazed at how God will work through your obedience.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
May God bless you as you raise up the next generation to know and fear our Lord!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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