As I have shared with you before, the Bible provides a great role model to follow in raising our kids. That model is Jesus himself and the way in which He grew up. Luke 2:52 tells us that Jesus “grew in wisdom, stature, favor with man, and favor with God.” Last week, I wrote to you concerning teaching our children about wisdom and in particular making wise choices. This week I want to address the idea of stature.
I really believe that there are a couple of issues to consider when teaching our children about how to grow in stature as Jesus did. However, today I want to deal with one in particular. Let’s begin by looking at one way in which the Bible describes stature. One of the ways it is defined in the Bible is that it is used to describe wisdom and righteousness. Luke 2:40 tells us that Jesus “grew, and waxed strong in Spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him.”
As Christians, we are expected to grow in stature. Look at how Paul described it in Ephesians 4:12-15.
“Till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
I know that from these verses that my goal with my children should be to raise them in righteousness, equip them with the truth of God’s Word, and prepare them to engage our culture so that they will not be tossed about with every new doctrine or theory that comes along. There are far too many students walking away from the faith according to various studies conducted by research companies every year. They are being carried and tossed about as these verses describe.
Jesus had the stature to stand in the Temple at a young age and know truth and how to stand amidst strong opposition. I want my kids and our students to have that same stature. To gain Godly stature, we have got to teach them to daily grow in knowledge and obedience to and of God’s truth.
I want them to have Godly stature that will enable them to stand on truth and not fall. I desire that my kids would grow up into Him in all things as verse 15 declares. I pray that God will give us as parents the wisdom to work towards this goal in raising our children.