A Plan Of Action for Christian Parents
Recently, I’ve talked with several Christian parents who really want their children to grow into godly young men and women. There are so many factors that go into this process. I would like to take some time today to share a few ideas that will help. You must keep in mind that being a consistent Christian example for your kids over a lifetime will mean more to your kids than doing an occasional creative Bible activity. With that said, here are some basic ideas that will give you a framework for a plan of action for parents.
So, what are some specific things we can do to help your children grow toward spiritual independence? A few years ago I read a book written by a friend of mind Herb Owen. Herb was a master Children’s Minister at a large church and a professor at a local college. In his book, How to Shepherd Children in a World full of Wolves, he gives us five key thoughts to answer this question.
Help your child develop regular habits of Bible study.
A child must be taught to go directly to the Bible for direction and instruction. Parents need to help their child learn to navigate the Bible. Teaching your child how to use a concordance and Bible dictionary will be helpful as well. Teaching them to use some good research resources on the Internet or Bible app is a great idea. Research these yourself first. Not everything on the Internet will be in-line with your theology and doctrine.
Teach them to pray.
It’s important that children learn to go to God for their needs, instruction and as an act of devotion. Parents… let them see and hear you praying. Pray with them. Pray for them.
Teach them to obey.
Leading your child to have a submissive spirit is of primary importance and is, perhaps, the key to Christian growth.
Teach them to stand alone if needed.
Children need to be prepared for peer pressure and the world’s demands. The world will try to conform them. Teach them to daily be transformed into the likeness of Jesus.
Teach them to live their lives by conviction, not by circumstances.
If a child’s self worth is established by wise parents and church leaders, he will not need approval of friends to validate his worth. He will then be able to reject temptations to follow the poor leadership of unworthy heroes.
As you apply these basic ideas in your homes, your children will develop habits of godliness that will aid them in their lifelong journey of growing in the Lord.
Blessings on you and your family.
Pastor of Families, Westwood Baptist Church, Alabaster, AL