“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Real instruction doesn’t take place simply by saying, “You sit down while I instill.” Rather it happens in the normal routines of life—in our daily traffic patterns that are integrated, interwoven, and spontaneous. I believe most children learn to live their faith, not so much because of structured or formal instruction, but by nature and normal instruction.
Little eyes are watching us and when they see the love in action, it is what changes hearts and reproduces faith. Moms and dads, our children do not expect us to be perfect. Frankly, I see a lot of moms trying way too hard to be perfect. Your kids don’t expect you to be perfect. What they do expect is for you to be consistent in your actions and what you believe.
Children will catch your faith by being around you. If your faith is real, it will be infectious and contagious. Being a mom is a beautiful and wonderful assignment, but it is so important that you be strong in your beliefs. In New Testament times, Timothy lived a tough life. He lived in a home where his dad was not a believer, so it was a big task for his mom to be strong and never compromise truth. It was a big assignment for her to speak truth in love.
It is vital that parents never compromise the truth and lead our children to faith in Jesus Christ at the earliest possible moment. As we implant the seed of the Word of God in their hearts, then look for those golden moments when they are responsive and open to accepting Christ. Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it” (Luke 18:17).
You are not to lead your children to Christ by cramming it down their throats, but by praying it into their hearts and planting it into their lives with Scripture. Moms, ask God to help you to be the kind of godly example needed to bring your children to faith in Christ and into a strong, growing relationship with Him.
JOSH McDOWELL SAID, “RELIGION AND RULES WITHOUT A RELATIONSHIP
WILL EQUAL REBELLION IN A CHILD’S LIFE,” SO LIVE OUT
GENUINE AND GODLY FAITH FOR YOUR CHILDREN.