Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Teach Them How to Have a Relationship with God

encouragement for moms

John 10:1-5
"I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."

We will be faced with all kinds of decisions as our kids grow up. What movies are ok to watch? What kind of music is acceptable? What friends should they be spending lots of time with? And eventually the decisions will become more and more important.

We can either dictate these things completely and just say “I know they don’t understand but it’s best for them.” Or we can teach them to learn to sort some of these things out for themselves by teaching them to go to God and get their answers from Him.

Example: Music
Years ago, before kids were even a thought in my life, I heard a pastor share about how he deals with his kids when they want to buy some new music. He explained how they were out in the schools and they heard the songs that other kids were listening to. They would come home asking if they could buy the song, so he would print out the lyrics and they would go over them together. Then he would tell his child to go pray about it and see what God says. I thought it was genius and I was determined to store that information away for a later day! He was teaching his children that God is the authority... not the parent, and they needed to obey God and live for Him.

Another Example: Movies
Growing up I wasn't allowed to watch most movies that other kids my age were allowed to watch. I did understand that it was because of our beliefs and that some things just aren't good for us. (Today I am thankful for how my parents raised me.) Most times though it was said "You can't go to that movie." But what if my parents had applied the same thing that Pastor did and taught me how to make those decisions for myself? We could have found a Christian movie review and read it over together before being sent off to my room to pray about it? To hear from God about it? It's just one way that a parent can begin to teach a child to hear from God and make decisions based on what God wants.

There are a lot of great Christian resources today. Pluggedin.com will let you know all kinds of things about a movie. Have your kids read the review for the movie they want to see and then go pray about it. Let them get their answers from God. They will need to learn how to do this later in life anyways. Start when they are young!

We need to teach our children to have a relationship to God, to answer to Him. They need to learn how to make decisions when we aren't there anymore to make decisions for them. Our children need to learn that the Bible is absolute truth and it is one way to hear from God. We need to teach them to spend time with God praying and listening. We need to guide them down a path where they learn to hear God in their hearts and follow after Him.

Because some day the decisions they make will greatly affect their life. Who do date. Who to marry. What degree to pursue and where to pursue it. And on and on. But even still... it's good for them to learn to go to God for EVERYTHING... every decision that needs to be made. 

We are their teachers and this is an important job! Take it seriously!!

How are you teaching your children to have a relationship with God and hear His voice and obey?

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