Have you had that overwhelming feeling that you cannot teach your kids spiritual truth? You are not alone. The responsibility of raising kids in Christ can be overwhelming. The odds are you do not have a PHD in theology or an MDIV in pastoral ministries but you know in your heart that you are suppose to be teaching your kids about Jesus. If you did not begin while they were in the womb, it's okay. Whatever kept you from speaking spiritual truth into their lives before is past. I am here to tell you that you can do it.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 "“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."
You have to understand that the nation of Israel was not full of Old Testament scholars at this time. The entire nation did not go to seminary. Moses spoke to the whole nation giving them the Lord's commands. Moses did not leave any wiggle room in the command. Parents are commanded to teach their children the ways of God. Parents are called to be the spiritual leaders of their homes. If you do not feel you can do it, ask Jesus to help you. If you are a brand new Christian, I suggest you start with a simple child's devotion book while you get into a new believer's Bible study class yourself. Teaching our kids spiritual truth does not have to be formal or stuffy. Model the faith and love God.
The key to raising kids who love God is loving God yourself. Loving God with all of our heart means we live what we say we believe. Telling our kids what is right and not doing it ourselves undermines Christ. Our kids can spot hypocrisy from a distance and they know if our lives match our words. What kind of faith are you passing on to your kids? Would that please the Lord if you had an honest conversation with Him? You can start now. I promise you that it is not too late to pass a relevant and authentic faith to your kids. YOU, AS THE PARENT, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT INFLUENCE IN YOUR CHILD'S LIFE. That is how God designed it. He created in our kids a desire to be like mom and dad.
Think about these statements. Do I tithe? Regardless of the answer to that question think back to your parents. Did they tithe? Whether you realize it or not, most people follow the example of their parents. The same can be said of serving God. Do you serve Jesus in your local body or are you a total consumer? What did your parents model for you? If we examine each facet of our lives, most of us would readily admit that there are changes that we have to make. The question is not should we make these changes but when are we going to make these changes.
I want to encourage each of you. Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established." Psalm 37:5 "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act." We need to commit our teaching of our kids about God to the Lord and He promises that He will help us prosper.