Parenting toward Eternity

What’s wrong with kids? “Parents are no longer parenting their children; children are childrening their parents. Your child will live forever. Parents exist to prepare their children for judgment day. What are you doing for your child that counts for eternity?”

What’s wrong with kids? “Parents are no longer parenting their children; children are childrening their parents. Your child will live forever. Parents exist to prepare their children for judgment day. What are you doing for your child that counts for eternity?”

-Pastor Jacob

 

It is the biblical mandate for parents to be the primary disciple makers of their kids (Deut. 6;Prov. 22:6; Eph. 6:4). The testimony of history until very modern times is that parents have been the primary teachers and instructors of their children. It is a fairly modern norm that parents are to send their children away every day for eight hours so someone else can teach and instruct them. What has developed as a side effect of this new norm is that parents do the same thing not only intellectually, but spiritually. Since parents trust professionals to teach their children what they need to know, they just as well trust the professionals to guide their children’s spiritual lives. But the thing is, the church was never intended to be the primary disciple maker of your kids. Pastors and teachers exist to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4). So, as a pastor, that’s what I want to seek to do. I want to equip you, the parent, to be the primary disciple maker of your kid.

Children love books, and parents love to read books to their children. Bed time is the perfect time to sit down and read together before you tuck your little one in. We can read “Goodnight Moon” or “Is Your Momma a Llama?” or we can utilize that God-given opportunity to disciple our children and start to create in them a yearning for Truth. All stories of love and redemption are but dim copies of the true story of love and redemption – the story of Jesus.

Now, I’m not saying that we ditch all secular children’s books. I am saying that we need to be strategic with the time and tools that God has gifted us with. Now is the optimal time for you to have your child. God has been working through so many of His followers to create beautiful, child-captivating, Jesus-exalting, Truth-proclaiming, creative works of art for you to use to draw your child to Jesus. Each of these that I will recommend for you to start your child’s theology library are not only edifying for your child, but they are powerfully meaningful to every adult that reads them. So, let’s start to build a library… read more

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