5. It fuels holy motivation for good works.
This truth challenges me to better pair discipline with instruction—to not only tell my children what not to do, but show them what they should do because God has redeemed them by sending his own Son to the cross for their sin and raised him from the dead for their new life, thus restoring the image he imprinted upon them.
I can open conversations about what God is like, how he loves, how he is righteous, truthful, patient, gracious, and full of mercy, and how we ought to strive to be like him.
And I can talk to them about how being redeemed image bearers of Jesus means we are also light bearers, calling others away from the darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
My prayer to see my girls the way God sees them was answered when God reminded me by his Word that they are made in his image.
With this knowledge, my parenting is given a renewed focus on helping them see their identity in Christ, their sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit, and their life’s purpose with God as Lord. And I have the honor of walking alongside them as we all learn to better love others and serve God because he made us and loved us first.
This article originally appeared on unlockingthebible.org. Used with permission.
Amy Dunham is a stay-at-home mom with three little girls, one strong husband, and a quirky schnoodle. She is author of Soul Rest: A Journey with Jesus (RBP, May 2017).While she navigates motherhood, Amy shares how the gospel of Jesus Christ ministers to moms and changes families as they trudge through the ordinary trenches of extraordinary motherhood. Follow her blog at AmyRDunham.com.
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