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Nov. 9, 2010 - Teaching

By Dave Kidd

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6, NIV).

This verse is often taken as a guarantee that a child raised in a Christian home and taught biblical principles will remain in the faith forever. Surely, teaching our children these things is important to their spiritual formation; however, some parents find themselves facing a paradox when a child grows up and does turn away.

While pondering this verse today, the thought struck me that it is more of a command than a promise. Instilling Christian values and beliefs in our children is a priority for us as parents. And diligently teaching and demonstrating our faith will come with benefits for the child and reward for the parent.

Teachers will tell you that children learn through many avenues. Sight, touch, hearing, the sense of smell and taste — all lend to the learning experience. The more the senses are applied to learning, the more intense the memory of the lesson(s).

Of course, God knows this, hence the written command in Deuteronomy 6:4-9:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”

If our efforts to train our children are only verbal, if we rely exclusively on words to tell our children what is right, then we are missing opportunities for a greater impact on their young lives.

What would happen if, as husbands, wives and parents, we demonstrated Christlike behavior through service to others? What if living the Christian life was saturated into our children daily? In doing so, the gospel becomes far more than words on a page — it truly becomes alive.

We all teach. The question is, will we teach well?

Your home church, its ministries, parachurch organizations, and various other ministries are great places to add life to your parental teaching. There was an old saying, “The family that prays together, stays together.” Let’s take that a bit further. The husband and wife who pray together, teach together, serve together and include their children in the process, will, I believe, stay together.

— Dave Kidd serves as associate pastor at Grace Fellowship in Canton, Ohio, and is the author of the Monday Marriage Minder devotionals.

 

 

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