SATURDAY 15TH JULY 2017
TOPIC: MODELLING GODLY PARENTING
TEXT: GENESIS 18:19 “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him…”
Speaking about Abraham, God said, ‘He will direct his children…to keep the way of the Lord.’ Can God say that about you? When you get serious about raising godly children, God puts the focus where it belongs – on you! If you want to see important truths sail right over your children’s heads, try teaching them something you’re not personally committed to. Do you think your children are just being difficult? No, they’re watching you like a hawk! If your actions demonstrate that what you’re teaching them isn’t important to you, it’ll never be important to them either. Can you blame them? If you’re devoted to chasing material things, they will be too, but if you devote yourself to serving the Lord, they’ll be drawn to Him as well by the grace of God. Do you want to enjoy a long, happy life? Pass God’s teaching on to your children, and to their children after them (Deut. 6:2). Notice, your love for the Lord comes first: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart’ (Deut 6:5).
Honestly, when your lifestyle demonstrates your love for Christ, He’ll attract your children like nothing else on earth. Do your children see you reading the Bible? Do you discuss its truths with them in an engaging way? When behaviours and values come into question, do you lead them to the Scripture for answers? Why is this so important? The Bible says, ‘Another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord’ (Judges 2:10). In order to raise godly children you must teach them God’s principles, and practise them yourself.
MEDITATION: 2 Tim 1:5
Josh. 22, Acts 2, Jer. 11, Matt. 25