Nurturing • Teachable Moments
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
I have some of the largest oak trees around my house that I have ever seen in the state of Michigan. There are three of them in my front yard and every fall they dump what seems like a million leaves on my yard. I do my best to clean them all up, but every year since I bought the house I have left a small pile of leaves somewhere in my yard, and it kills all the grass underneath it. So in the Spring, I get grass seed, spread it over the dead part, water it, and see the grass come to life again. If I did not water those grass seeds, I would be left with a dead patch of soil. Spreading that seed is not enough, it needs to be watered. The same is true for our families. When the seed of salvation is planted in the hearts of our kids, spouse, or even ourselves, that seed needs to be watered with the teachings of Christ.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says, “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.”
This Scripture lays out such an incredible picture of what it looks like to have a family that is being nurtured in the things of Christ. First, it instructs us to love God with all our heart, soul, and might. If you are a believer, it should be your desire to love and seek God with everything you have inside of you. Think of an athlete training to be the best at their sport; they go after it every day. We, in the same way, need to seek the things of Christ every day. If we do not water our spiritual life, it will never grow! The Scripture continues, showing us how we can nurture and water our kid’s walk with Christ. It says we are to talk about God’s commandments when we walk, lie down, and get up. What this Scripture is practically telling us is that we should take every opportunity that we have to point what happens in our lives towards Christ. There are so many incredible teaching opportunities every day, and we so often miss them. Do the right thing, and then explain to your kids the biblical reason behind why you did what you did. Love your crazy neighbor, and then explain to your kids that we love that person because Jesus first loved us. The things of Christ should not be something that is only talked about on Sunday. If you are relying on a Pastor to water your children’s spiritual life you are going to be disappointed. It is the responsibility of the family to constantly be pointing each other towards the things of Christ. Kids, you can reflect Jesus to your parents every day as well. Talk about Jesus with them, take the opportunities in your everyday life to point back to Christ. Jesus needs to be at the forefront of our minds. A family pushing each other towards Christ will see their relationship with Him grow exponentially.