April 17, 2017

Here is our memory verse for this week:

Deuteronomy 6:7 (NLT) — 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

When something is important to us, especially concerning our children and especially when it concerns their safety, we talk to them about it a lot. Don’t touch the burner on the stove because it is hot. Don’t take such big bites, you will choke to death. Hold daddy’s hand when we cross the street. Don’t play behind the car. Never put that into your mouth. Don’t run with a scissors. That knife is very sharp so no you can’t play with it. Don’t drink that its poison. Don’t stick you finger in that wall outlet. Don’t talk back to your mother. Always wear your seatbelt.

When children are growing up we remind them of these things no matter what time of day it is and no matter how often we have told them before. When we see them about to run out into the street we don’t say, “Well I told them not to do that this morning so if they get hit I can say that I warned them.” We want the danger signs to be etched in their minds. We love them with all our heart and we want to protect them.

Do we love them enough to have repeated conversations about God’s word. Not knowing God’s word is more dangerous than running with scissors or drinking poison. The scissors might poke your eye out if you fall and the poison may kill you if you drink it but not knowing God’s word will send you into eternal destruction. If we truly love our children and we love God and his word it will show because we will repeatedly talk about it with our children and we will model what we are talking about right before their very eyes.

God did not put the responsibility of teaching his word to children on the Church; That is the responsibility of the parents. The churches responsibility is to proclaim the Word of God. The parents are to take that word and teach it to their children. One of the saddest sights that you will ever see is parents dropping their children off at church and then driving away. If you are not wholeheartedly enthused about hearing and obeying God’s word you can pretty much bet that as your children get older they won’t be enthused about it either; and you will have put their lives in danger.

It thrills my heart when I hear of parents discussing Sunday mornings message with their older children and how they can apply it in their lives. It is equally thrilling when they ask the younger ones what they were taught in children’s church. When parents do this it tells the children that these things are important. If none of this is taking place then you can bet that the kids are thinking, ‘well I guess none of this really matters in life’.

Proverbs 22:6 (NLT) — 6 Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Do it in love and have fun with teaching. Grace and Mercy!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    If you are consistently repeating God’s word to your kids then you are consistly bathing yourself in the word.