I am becoming more and more convinced that raising a Godly child is more a result of what happens at home than the church programs you may have at your particular local church. I know once it is said it is obvious but I have been living my life as if it was not true.
My oldest daughter has just turned three and I am learning what it means to live the gospel in my home but I also am learning that Socrates was right when he said wisdom comes from knowing that you know nothing. I know how to explain the gospel in large theological terms but not necessarily how to teach it to a three year old. Although I have done my best by explaining that Jesus took all her spanks from God. I think it made sense to her. When we do have to discipline her we talk about the heart issues from which her misbehavior stems. We have told her consistently told her that only Jesus can make her heart a good heart, because it is a bad heart now.
I have even had to ask my daughter to pray for me and forgive me when I have sinned against her, treating my sin the same as I treat hers so she can see that we are all sinners in need of a savior. I hope it is enough.
I don’t think I want my daughter to be in a children’s church past a certain point because I want her to be part of our family of faith and not off in a corner. Here is what the Lord tells us in Deut 6:
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 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. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Training our children is supposed to be a 24/7 affair and it isn’t meant to be relegated to those who run the children’s ministry at your local church. It is the responsibility of parents. I find it often easier to talk to my daughter about my day because she always asks me if there were any “monsters” in it but our conversation should be focused and centered on the things of God and all too often it isn’t.