This topic is close to my heart. There was a very valuable lesson my friend learned years ago that shook me to the core. She shared it with us in our women’s Bible study and it really had me to understand why we should examine ourselves daily to assure we are in the faith.
My friend was struggling to find out how she could get her kids to love the Lord and His perfect Word as they were getting older. It seemed as though the world was dragging them away and they just weren’t interested anymore. It hurt her dearly and it hurt us; we knew them since they were babies.
Our Titus 2 lovely Bible study leaders led us through an intense study of the following verse:
“You shall, therefore, lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 11:18-19
In hindsight, we see ways we could have done better. Sometimes it’s too late and sometimes it is not. If you are at a place where you want to fight for your kids and won’t settle for the world to win, then take some steps to make a difference NOW. God’s Word never will come out void.“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
I want to share a few things to help you along the way to help your kids love the Bible.
- Constant conversation of God’s Word should be commonplace in the home.
God’s word should flow from us to our children always. In all, we do, in trials, things that happen while with friends—it should all be an opportunity for us to point them back to the Lord. Try to make prayer the immediate reaction we give to the needs we see around us. Let your children see you pray for circumstances, pray for people, pray His will be done, and He is glorified in it all.
- Memorize scripture together as a family.
It always baffles me how many parents expect their kids to memorize Bible verses or the books of the Bible, etc. without doing it themselves. An answer to being too busy to memorize scripture on your own time is to memorize it with your kids. Show them that, you too need God’s Word embedded in your heart and mind.
- Sing hymns together as a family.
Christian music nowadays can sometimes be self-focused. I am trying to be nice here, sometimes Christian music can downright be all about us and nothing about Jesus, but that Is not my point here. Hymns have this special way of reflecting on Christ and not on ourselves. Having hymns in their hearts are a great way to remind them what God has done and that He is worthy.
- Ask yourself this very important question.
As you are wanting to teach your kids God’s Word, you may want to ask if you love His Word yourself. See, if we love God’s Word we should find ourselves burdened with grief in not following it or doing things that are contrary to what it says. Do you truly love God? Do you read God’s Word for yourself? Do your children see you and wonder if the Bible is important to you? If it doesn’t look important to you, then how could you expect them to love it. Do you find yourself in gossip, condemning others, judging the lost, or not submitting to your husband? Ouch, that last one was tough for me, even!
We truly need to be submerging and submitting our hearts and minds to the authority of the scriptures. Following God’s Word is not for the lazy, complacent, or weak minded. We should be exemplifying a love for God’s Word and its truth in order to pass the love for it to our children.
Therefore, be around God’s people, worship and praise together, pray with them, so your kids will be so immersed that it is the only thing they will turn to now or in the future if they fall away.
We know our children can only be saved through God’s grace and mercy, but we don’t have to stop fighting for them. We can teach our children to love the Lord even when they are young and until the end of days.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!