Do you really want this?
As a Christian parent, what do you think should be your highest aim for your kids?
What do you really want for your kids? A badge of morality or a life-transforming relationship with Jesus?
I think many parents would say that they want their kids to have a life-transforming relationship with Jesus.
But sadly, I think if we applied the saying “actions speak louder then words” their actions would betray them.
I think their actions might suggest that some of these things are more important.
- College degree
- Model citizen
- Great career
- Great marriage
- Financially secure
- A comfortable retirement
As a parent what do you really want for your kids? A badge of morality or a life-transforming relationship with Jesus?
You have to be what you want them to be
If you truly want your kids to have a life-transforming relationship with Jesus you are going to have to model what that looks like and then teach them how to have one.
- You can’t just say you believe it.
- You can’t just show up to church once a year.
- You can’t post some religious post on some social platform or wear the “I love Jesus” t-shirt.
You can’t give a half-hearted effort and expect to see a whole-hearted result from your kids.
Kids can see fake a mile away.
If they can’t see the impact of a transformed life in you what makes you think they will want anything to do with Jesus when they have a chance to decide for themselves?
This is so important because kids can only live on borrowed faith for so long. They will eventually have to have their own faith in order to survive in a world that is hostile towards followers of Christ.
They need to see the real deal and you’re the best one to show it to them.
Think about this: you can’t give away what you don’t possess.
If you want your kids to love Jesus and love His church, you’re going to have to lead the way.