“Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
As parents, so many of us seem to get caught up in our busy lives and often lean on others to supplement some of the important aspects of raising our kids. One of the more obvious of these abdications is the thought that, “the public schools will teach our kids what they need to know.” Of course, wisdom is not limited to book knowledge and many of our schools are failing to even properly and effectively teach secular knowledge.
One of the subtler places we, as parents, can fail to take opportunities on behalf of our kids, is in the area of spiritual matters. While raising my two daughters, I was a baby Christian and I made many mistakes trying to pass a biblical Christian worldview onto them. Fortunately, God had a plan that did not rely on me. However, the fact remains that…
- Barna Research indicates “nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior do so before reaching the age of 13 … and half of those reported that they were led to Christ by their parents…comparatively few accepted Jesus in response to a minister’s prompting …. or a special event in their life.”
The Greatest Commandment God has offered us is to love Him and to love our neighbor (Luke 10:27). Further, He commands us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15).
This holiday season, He will bring to us many opportunities to show and share that love with friends and family.
- The word “Thanksgiving” has “thanks to the One who owns everything” (Psalm 24:1) built right into it.
- The word “Christmas”, of course, begins with “Christ”, which speaks to John 3:16.
As parents, our greatest responsibility is to our family, and the most important thing we can do for them is to insure they are on the narrow road that leads to Heaven (Mat. 7:14). The holiday season is a time of extended fellowship, joy, warmth, and peace on earth. It is an opportunity to talk to your kids about spending an eternity with the God of Love. The greatest expression of the Greatest Commandment is to talk to your kids about Salvation.
The Romans Road is a great place to end the conversation, and begin a prayer……
- 3:23 For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
- 6:23a For the wages of sin is [eternal] death.
- 5:8 But God demonstrates his love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I know that you died on the cross for my sins, and arose from the grave. I ask you to please come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and save my soul. You are now the Lord of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.