1. Study the Bible Together
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Commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands...(6:6 NLT).
Yes, this may seem obvious, but it needs to be said. Without a knowledge of the Bible, it is impossible to develop a biblical worldview.
It may be as simple as opening the Bible to Genesis and reading a small passage together at the dinner table each day. Simply discuss a few key questions for each passage you read: What does this tell me about God (Father, Son, Spirit)? What do I learn about myself and the world? How can I use this information in my daily life?
Or you may work through a Bible study together. Or follow a Bible reading plan. The order doesn’t matter so much. Set a goal and go for it. If you falter, try again. Just do it.
2. Model a Biblical Worldview
Repeat them again and again to your children (6:7 NLT).
A model is a pattern to copy. It guides us. Jesus is our pattern (Philippians 2:5). Likewise, parents are the first models for children. But there are many other competing models. Our children are bombarded by worldview messages from an early age, mainly through media. Consider the message of every Disney movie—follow your heart. The worldview belief is that every person has a good heart that will lead in the right direction. But Jeremiah 17:9 NLT tells us the heart’s true state: “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
Don’t our kids need to know this truth?
I’m not suggesting you never watch another Disney movie (though it’s true no one will die without them). Instead, I’m urging parents to become the louder influence by intentionally demonstrating, day in and day out, how to understand and respond to life according to biblical beliefs.
Bring God into every aspect of life. Remember the TV dinner trays? If you’ve been relegating faith in God to one compartment of life, it’s time to dump the tray and mix it up. Talk about God when you rise in the morning. When you send your kids off to school. When you eat. Work. Play. Rest. This teaches God is present in every minute of the day, every day of the week. It will show how His Word is relevant. Parents need to model both behavior and thinking.
Model Biblical Behavior
Your children, from the earliest years, observe every move you make. As the Lord teaches you what is right, it’s important to do it. While the list below is not exhaustive, it gives some topics to consider:
Activities—Do our choices crowd out time for God? Do we have a healthy balance? Are they helping us love God more, or do they detract from our allegiance to Him?
Entertainment—Do our games and leisure activities promote rest and peace, or are they simply a means of escape from the world around us?
Media—Does what we allow ourselves to hear and see comport with God’s standards? Does our intake promote anxiety and fear or peace and joy?
Emotions—When we experience intense feelings, do we exercise self-control when expressing them?
Sexuality—Have we allowed the world’s rapidly changing values to undermine our biblical understanding of gender, marriage, and family?
Possessions—Do we offer part of what we own to God, who provides for us? Are we generous toward those in need?
Relationships—Do we choose friends wisely? Do we consider others’ needs to be at least as important as our own? Do we offer respect, grace, and forgiveness?
Trust in God—Do we demonstrate peace in changing or difficult circumstances? Do we seek God’s guidance from the Bible and through ongoing prayer? Do we pray for our children in their presence?
If you feel badly reading these questions, please hear my heart. Condemnation is not my goal. The questions are designed to help you start to think from a biblical worldview. Ask God to show you how to model His ways to your children.
Model Biblical Thinking
While the axiom “More is caught than taught” is true, your words are also powerful. Your children may never understand that God is your source of wisdom if you don’t open a window into your thoughts through your words. Consider the difference in the following statements and questions:
Here’s what I think. // Let’s see what the Bible says about this question.
We have a two-car garage. // God gave us a two-car garage.
How will we manage without our wrecked car? // I wonder how this accident fits into God’s plan.
There’s no way we can pay all our bills this month. // Let’s pray and trust God to provide for our needs.
That politician is ruining our country. // Sovereign God raises up leaders for His purposes.
You keep messing up over and over! // God has forgiven me, so I forgive you.
It’s easiest to fudge the truth, just a little bit. // Let’s be honest, even if it’s harder.
Let’s take a vacation with my bonus. // Let’s ask God how he wants us to use this blessing.
I figured out that problem. // God helped me understand how to solve that problem.
Look at that fabulous sunset! // Look at that beautiful masterpiece God created for us!
I’m just running in and out to get my errands done. // Let’s look for someone to bless today.
What a coincidence! // There are no coincidences with God.
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