As parents, it is our job to pass our faith along to our children.
“they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.” Psalm 78: 6-8
Doing so brings great joy to us and to God.
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 4
As a new parent, I reflected on these verses, and with an understanding of the responsibility placed on me, I started asking how.
How was I supposed to lead my daughter to Jesus?
As I mulled over this question, along with everything else it meant to be a parent, it hit me; the first step in pointing my daughter to Jesus was ensuring my life was pointed at him.
Children are imitators. They are designed to learn by watching us and to copy what we do. If we want our children to know and love God, we must demonstrate to them what that looks like. We must show them what a life lived for Christ looks like.
For me, this meant changes. I had been a Christian for a long time, but in an honest reflection, I realized I had let my priorities gets mixed up and my life was not always pointing back to God (my lack of joy was a huge indicator of this).
So what does it look like to point your life at Jesus?
- Make time with God your first priority. It is hard to live a life that glorifies God if we are not in communication with him.
- Spend time reading the Bible. God’s word instructs us on how we are supposed to live.
- Spend time in prayer. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and guide you.
- Obey. When the Holy Spirit speaks, either through the Word or through prayer, listen and obey.
As you center your life around God, share it with your children. Let them see you reading the Bible. Let them hear you pray. Explain how your actions are in obedience to God and why you are choosing to serve him. Your actions and choices will be accepted as normal, and what is expected by your children.
Even though my daughter is only 1, and doesn’t understand what I am doing right now, she still sees, and will grow up knowing that spending time with God is part of everyday life.
Children will imitate you, so make sure you are teaching them what is most important.