Teaching Your Kids to Love God
“You must love the Lord your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands.”
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children.”
“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.”
“Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!” Deuteronomy 11:1, 18, 22, 26
As a Christian parent, I am convinced the greatest task I have is that of teaching my kids to love God. We have roughly 6570 days from the time they are born until they graduate high school to accomplish this task. That sounds like a lot but really we need to have this task well underway by age 13 if research is correct. Research tells us that what kids believe by the age of 13 is what they will most often times die believing. Indeed, the clock is ticking if I am to teach my kids to love God. How do we accomplish this task?
The verses above tell me that the process must begin with us as parents. We cannot possibly impart something that we do not possess ourselves. In other words, it is critical that we model for our kids with our lifestyle what it means to love God. What does modeling it look like? Ask yourself the questions below:
· Do my kids see me spending time in God’s Word?
· Do they see me praying or, better yet, do I pray with them?
· Do I prioritize attending church?
· Do they hear me talking about God as part of everyday life?
· Do they know that my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life?
You see I learned a long time ago from my Pastor that my kids will never rise above where I am spiritually. Therefore, the one big essential for teaching our kids to love God is for us to model that lifestyle for them daily. We are not to do it as a pretense but in the reality of who we are in Christ Jesus.
I love Deuteronomy 11:26 where it proclaims: “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!” The choice that God is giving us is still the same. If we choose to fall in love with Him, seek Him daily, live in obedience, and teach our children to do the same, then He will bless us just as He promised in Deuteronomy 11.
What greater blessing for us than to see our kids learning to love and follow God throughout their lives!