Day 16 Theme: Marriage & Family
These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children - Deuteronomy 6:6-7a
It is not enough to pass on God's Word to our children. We must first receive and embrace it in our own hearts, as parents. There is no way to share a love for God and his Word with your children that you do not daily and vitally experience yourself.
Many parents feel an obligation to their children to raise them up in a good environment. So they cart them off to Sunday school or send them to a Christian school, assuming that they have fulfilled their obligation. However, if they are not themselves actively engaged in the Christian faith, they can not expect their children to fall in love with it just because they have been exposed to it externally.
The Word must first be in your heart. But even more than that — you must teach God's Word to your children diligently. Another mistake that parents sometimes make is the assumption that if they have ever explained a biblical principal or told their children a Bible story, then they understand the Christian faith. But it takes much more dedication and careful application than that.
We must make a daily, overriding, unrelenting determination as parents to teach our children the Christian faith. Not only by making it the subject of conversations, but by displaying Christ as the great goal and treasure of our family.
The overflowing, personal pleasure that we experience in God's Word must continually and carefully be emanating from our heart, and be diligently communicated to the hearts of our children.
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