Walk, Don’t Point
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Psalm 1:2 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-20 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 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. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
We have been looking at specific relationships within the family. I think that not only do our roles reflect God and who He is and what He intended for us as a family, but He calls us to pursue Him together. As parents, you are responsible for training your children in the ways of God. Your children watch you. They actually watch everything you do… they need to see you studying His Word, and they need you to study with them. I have a 3-year-old niece. She mimics everything I do, and I love it… until she mimics something that isn’t good. We have all been there, but my favorite is when she mimics something that I love. I love post-it notes (I know, my nerd is showing but I can’t help it), Ada knows that, so she loves it. She writes on one, takes it off the pad and uses another one. I love it… I know strange, but I cannot help it! If you study His Word in front of them, and with them, they know it is important. They know it is something to pursue. If it is an extension of you, an extension of your family. “…when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” they will mimic it.
Families in our culture have become passive in their pursuit of God together. We have somehow shifted the responsibility of discipleship from the family to the church. I know this is bold, but it is not the church’s responsibility to be the sole spiritual discipleship to your kids. It is an enormous responsibility that is why the church comes alongside you and your children and helps, but it is not left at the feet of the church. Parents, it is on you. Follow Proverbs, Psalms, Deuteronomy… train up your kids, talk about God and His Word with them because they “…will not depart from it”.
Assistant to Pastors Jim and Josh