I read the other day that “if you want to do something important, it will be hard.” As I look back at some of the important things I have done in my life, that statement feels very true.
Seminary was really important, but it was not easy! The first time I told someone about Jesus was incredibly important in my spiritual development and their life, but it was so hard! Having a marriage that honors God and reflects the way Jesus and His church interacts is hard work, but it is too important not to do!
Probably the most important responsibility I have and one of the hardest is raising Godly children. God has entrusted me with children (4 girls actually – pray for me!) and charged me to make disciples out of them.
This past Sunday we looked at how we disciple the heart of a child. We looked at Deuteronomy 6:6-9, and saw God’s clear charge to teach our kids, to disciple them as a way of life (look for teachable moments), and to let them see our faith lived out loud!
Our girls are seven and younger, so the way we disciple may look different than the way you would disciple your teens or your 30 yr old that does not know Jesus. Here are some of the things we do:
- We read. The Jesus Storybook Bible is an incredible tool that interweaves the Gospel in every major bible story. Check it out here http://www.jesusstorybookbible.com/
- We pray. Sometimes as a family and sometimes one on one. We want our kids to learn to talk to God and know they can go to him for anything. We want them to believe that prayer is powerful and that it changes things.
- We Discipline. Discipline is an awesome opportunity to share the Gospel. Every time they get spanked they hear that there are consequences to our actions. That when we disobey it is sin. Sin separates us from God. We will never be able to quit sinning without Jesus and so we need to let Jesus forgive us of our sins and be the boss of our lives.
- We memorize Scripture. This is a fairly new one for us, but something we want our kids to value. We take a verse a week or every other week and work on it together as a family. Just found a cool app to help out with this. http://fighterverses.com
It is hard work but it is too important to ignore! Our kids will not become disciples by accident!
These are some of the things we do to disciple our kids. What are you doing or what have you done that has worked well to disciple the heart of your children? Help us collectively learn TOGETHER! Leave a comment below.