Today’s reading includes Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32, Luke 8:22-39, Psalm 70:1-5, Proverbs 12:4.
In our text today, we come across a beloved passage, which serves as a great guide in parenting.
18 “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them 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. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.
We tend to read this in the context of a parenting formula. But if you read this passage closely, it is a way of life. We are called to teach our children, but how will they learn?
They will learn by living life with us.
By seeing our relationship with Christ day in and day out.
By hearing our conversations with them and with others as we go about our days.
They learn because they listen. We don’t think they hear us, but they do. We don’t think they notice, but they do. So, the trick to passing down our faith to our children is to make sure we have faith. If we want our children to follow Christ, we must make sure we are following Christ. We must talk to them about our faith, our love for Christ, our hope in His promises.
A Sunday-only faith does not give a model which our children can follow. An everyday faith does. Our investment in our own faith—through studying His Word, through prayer, through worship—is an investment in the souls of our children.
Lord, make me faithful to You. Give me time and desire to study your Word. Give me a heart of praise. May your praise be on my lips and in my heart. May Your joy give me strength. And in all of this, may my children see You in me. And may they be hungry for more of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.