We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done. Psalm 78:4
When was the last time you witnessed to your child? It doesn’t matter if they are two or forty-two, they still need to hear how wonderful this God you worhisp is; how He sustains you and protects you and blesses your life. Most of all how He loves you and forgives you.
We can teach our children about God, and sing hymns to them. We can read the Bible and have family prayers. We can take them to worship, Sunday school,Vacation Bible School and church camp. We can have Bible sayings on our walls and slip them notes in their backpacks. We can even pray His word over them, and should. . .daily.
But the greatest gift we can give our kids, no matter what their age, is to keep showing them how Jesus is working in our lives. That means being honest and a bit vulnerable. It means proving that you, as the parent, doesn’t know it all, but that God does. That can be a hard thing to get off the pedestal and put Him there on it instead. But what a lesson it will be! Max Lucado said that when we puff ourselves up there is no room for God, but when we empty ourselves, He has a vessel He can work with.
Teach be example. Empty yourself and let your children watch how God uses you day in and day out. You may not think they are paying attention, but they are. And maybe, just maybe, when they need to call on Jesus, they will say, “You are always there for Mom. She really believes. Help my unbelief and come be Lord of my life, too.” One more soul won for Christ- and what an important soul.
He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers (and mothers!!!)
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments vs 5-7
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