A Parents Role in Preparing their Child for Eternity
Are you one of those parents who say "There's still plenty of time, I will wait till my child is older to teach him about God"?
I think most of us fall into this category. But what if tomorrow never comes for your child? Our children can be taken away from us at any moment and potentially be lost for eternity.
Let's take a look at what God expects of you as a parent and how you can begin to prepare your child for eternity.
Your Responsibility as a Parent
The Word of God is very clear about the parent's responsibility in teaching their own children about God and his commandments.
Deuteronomy 6:7 "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 ..."
It is apparent even from this one verse, and there are many more, that God expects us as parents to take the spiritual education of our children very seriously. Teaching them at every opportunity we get.
The Reality in the Home
Many parent's, for various reasons, try to shift the responsibility of teaching their children onto the church.
Perhaps they don't know God themselves. It's also possible that because of circumstances in the home they don't feel worthy of this important task. Perhaps they just don't know how to speak to their children about God.
The unfortunate truth is that, even in many Christian homes, children seldom see good examples of parents who love the Lord with all their hearts and living that faith for their children to see and learn from.
Bringing Christ back into the Home
Thankfully, we serve a God of second chances. If you feel that you have failed in your responsibility to teach your children the ways of God, the good news is, it's not too late.
There are some things you can start to do right now:
Pray for and with your children. Lamentations 2:19 says: "...Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children." Ask God to prepare their hearts for what you want to teach them and to give you wisdom as you teach them.
Set a good example. To God, causing children to stumble through our bad example is a very serious matter. Ask Him to show you where you are setting the wrong example. Matthew 18:6 says: "If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea."
Teach them the Word of God. Make time to read from the Bible and explain it to your child then find ways to put what you read into action.
Next time we will look at the role of the church in preparing children for eternity.