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God cares about your children. 

As parents, we often focus solely on our children’s happiness and success, enrolling them in soccer practice and piano lessons or striving for academic excellence. We meticulously schedule doctor appointments, monitor their diets, and even explore health trends like fermented foods. But in our dedication to these activities, are we overlooking the most important aspect of their well-being?

 

At Dream City Church, we are committed to the well-being of families. Our recent sermon series, “Fortify the Family,” aims to strengthen families in Christ, providing the spiritual tools necessary to navigate life’s challenges. Here are a few supplemental thoughts on Christian parenting. 

Teaching God’s Word to the Next Generation

In Deuteronomy 6, we read:

 

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

 

As Christians, our primary goal is to instill the knowledge and love of God in our children. While ensuring their happiness and well-being is important, it pales in comparison to nurturing their relationship with God. Without God at the center of their lives, all other pursuits lose their meaning. In other words, when we seek the happiness of our children apart from God, we will never find what we are seeking. 

Pitfalls of Christian Parenting: Common Ways Spiritual Neglect Occurs

  • Assuming Too Little: As Evangelical Christians, we understand that each individual must follow the Lord in their own hearts. There is an inherently personal aspect to our faith. However, this knowledge sometimes leads parents to think of their children as entirely separate from themselves, assuming they are not Christians at all. The truth is more nuanced. As we see in the Bible passage above, God clearly cares for our children and desires that they are raised in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Moreover, God makes many generational promises to those who love Him. (Exodus 20:6, et al.)

 

  • Assuming Too Much: On the opposite end of the spectrum are those who might presume on God’s grace. Some parents believe that if they bring their kids to church every week, send them to Sunday school, and perhaps enroll them in a Christian school, they are spiritually covered. However, these actions alone do not fulfill our responsibilities. While church and Christian education are important, they are not substitutes for the active, daily spiritual nurturing that God calls parents to provide. Regular church attendance is essential, but it alone doesn’t fulfill our responsibilities as parents. God has entrusted us with the unique role of nurturing our children’s faith. Neglecting this duty means our children may miss out on essential spiritual guidance.

 

  • Assuming the Wrong Goal: Some parents try to shelter and protect their children from any type of difficulty or hardship. While we naturally want our children to be happy, if we prioritize their immediate comfort, protection, and happiness above all else, we are not parenting them as God parents us. God allows us to face challenges to foster growth and maturity in our faith, and we must adopt a similar approach with our children, balancing love and discipline to guide them towards true, lasting joy in Christ. God’s ultimate desire for us is spiritual growth and maturity in Christ. Just as God tests and refines us through trials, the same principle applies to our children.

 

It is crucial to maintain proper priorities in raising our children in the ways of the Lord. Remember the scripture that urges us to seek the kingdom of heaven and His righteousness first, with the promise that everything else will follow. (Mathew 6:33) Just as a wise builder constructs a house upon a solid foundation, let us build our families upon the unshakeable rock that is Christ. By seeking Him first, we invite His blessings upon our households, ensuring that our children become beneficiaries of His grace. To learn more about Christian families or parenting, visit our website at Dream City Church or contact us today!

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