Updated: Sep 11
Raising our children in faith has been one of our greatest privileges. Our sons are all men today, but our prayer, even before they were born, was that Christ could always be at the center of their lives.
If you have children, we want to encourage you to be very intentional to accomplish the greatest of all the missions that God has entrusted to you: be diligent to instill the importance and joy of a relationship with Him to your children. Do this by deliberately instructing them and modeling this relationship yourself.
Babies are born innocent, without knowledge of good and evil. A crying newborn never does it maliciously. He expresses a need, a pain. Then the child grows. Between the ages of four and six, depending on the child's maturity, the awareness of good and evil develops.
We lived it with our five sons. Around the same time in life for each of them, the questions surrounding death intensified. The fear of the uncertainty of life after death has become a reality. Sometimes nightmares have accompanied this awakening.
Eric and I were praying throughout these precious moments. We were attentive to their questions and comments.
Inevitably, one after the other, they came to me, their hearts heavy, tears in their voices, expressing this fear of death that had invaded them for some time. They were ready to hear about the salvation acquired by Christ personally at the cross for them! Our God does not have grandchildren, but children who choose Him freely, without being forced or coerced.
I took them each on my knees to share with them, as simply as possible, these liberating words:
"You are growing up my son and you have just become aware that sin is attached to your heart. It’s sin that separates us from God. But you have a choice: Jesus, whom you've heard about your whole life, is truly the son of God. He didn't want you, my chick, to be separated from the Father. So, He chose to give His life for you, to pay the price of your salvation by dying on the cross, for you. You have the choice to accept Jesus as your Savior. Share your heart with Him now, just the two of you together. Tell Him that you recognize that your heart has sinned, that you need Him, that you want to choose Him as your Savior and that you want Him to come into your heart."
Of course, your child's walk with God is just beginning, but it is the first step...
>>Would you like more tips on raising your children in the faith? Below you will find links to two of our latest YouTube lives where Eric and I take time to answer various questions we have received on how to raise children to love God and others.