Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
My wife and I have three kids aged three and under. One toddler and newborn twins.
Needless to say, we may as well live in a circus tent!
Parenting is hard work—but it is one of our highest callings as Christians.Our primary role as Christian parents is to disciple our children. Click To Tweet
So, what does that mean?
It means we have one of the hardest jobs (parenting) to do the hardest job (discipling sinners)!Fathers, did you know you are pastors? Click To Tweet Mothers, did you know you are ministers? Click To Tweet
Today’s verse highlights how crucial this discipling is while our kids are young. And I believe we can apply it in at least two ways in at least two life stages.
Make TimeMake time for devotions and worship with your kids while they're little. Click To Tweet
Sing worship songs with your kids at home. Lift up your hands when you worship Jesus at church. Model what it looks like to be a worshiper.
Even if you can’t carry a tune, you’re called to worship through music. God commands it:
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Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! (Psalm 47:6)
Help them understand it by working to understand it yourself. Help them apply it. Kindle their love for hearing from God.
This takes time—but it is time well spent. Especially when they are young.
It’s Never Too Late
However, if you’re children are older and you didn’t spend much time doing this while they were young… Be encouraged that it’s never too late.It's never too late to lead your kids to Jesus! Click To Tweet
Prioritize your walk with Jesus and let it saturate every area and relationship in your life.
How can you make time for your kids’ spiritual growth today?