I love that our Sacred Trust series brought us to 2 Timothy 3:14-15 yesterday morning:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Talk about the perfect text for Mother’s Day! My goodness, it doesn’t get any better than that!
So much of the trajectory of Timothy’s life was due to the influence of a godly mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). Timothy’s father was greek and most likely not a follower of Jesus. But these two ladies made sure Timothy grew up knowing the Word of God. As parents, we must do the same. The most important people you’ll ever disciple are your children.
Of course, that begs the question of how to introduce our kids to the Bible, especially with young kids. Let me offer you three suggestions:
- Discuss. This is the easiest one because it’s as simple as asking your kids what they learned during their time at RCCKids. We aren’t just babysitting your kids on a Sunday morning, we’re teaching them age appropriate lessons from God’s Word. Ask them about it.
- Model. One of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is letting them see the example of you prioritizing time in God’s Word. They aren’t ever going to take God’s Word seriously if we don’t.
- Read. Laura and I absolutely love the Jesus Storybook Bible. As a church, we give it to every family at our Parent Commissioning/Baby Dedications. But owning one is no where near as good as regularly reading to your kids from it. Make it part of their bedtime routine.
Every parent knows how much our kids watch and mimic us – it’s painfully obvious when we realize we’re the source of the new word they shouldn’t be saying! How amazing would it be to take that potential and use it to raise a generation that loves the Word of God.