“But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Luke 18:16 NIV
Having discussed the importance of training your children in the way of the Lord from a young age, we will review some practical steps to take in this direction.
Before we can faithfully train our children, we must first be faithful stewards of the word. 2 Tim 2: 15 admonishes us to be diligent in our study of the word, presenting ourselves as workmen who do not need to be ashamed.
This is important in training kids. Our ability to answer the nagging questions in the mind of a child is dependent on how prepared we are.
Second, many children are rebellious not because they were not taught the truth but because they were not taught the truth in love. Eph 6: 4 NIV says “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Therefore, we must grow in our love walk towards the children in our lives. Apologize to them when you offend them; forgive them easily; show them that they are cared for; and be present in their lives.
Third, we must remember that children learn from what we say and do. 1 Tim 4:16 ESV says, “keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by doing so you will save both yourself and your hearers.” We do not want to be guardians who tell children not to lie but are found lying ourselves.
Fourth, pray and prophesy over them. We understand that our words carry power and by prophecy, we can chart the course of our lives. We should do the same with our children.
Finally, attend a good local church that caters to your faith and those of your children. Don’t settle for less.
To see a generation that would make the name of Christ known, we must make a pact to be people that would be intentional in ensuring that our lineage of faith in God continues.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 1:57-66, Ephesians 2:11-22, Psalm 119:25-32, 1 Kings 6-7.