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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Teach the Children (Psalm 78)

We send our children to school to learn the essential skills needed to function in society. But what about with their relationship with Christ? If we just send them to Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, etc. is that enough to teach them about Jesus?

Absolutely not. The most important thing we can ever teach our children is who Jesus is, what He did for us, how a close relationship with Him will help us navigate the challenges of this life and establish a relationship with Him for all eternity.

This can't be taught in a 45 minute Sunday School lesson once a week alone. We, as parents, have to constantly be teaching and modeling for our children from an early age how they are to live in relationship with Christ throughout this life.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

I find it interesting that some of the most faithful people in the Old Testament had kids who turned away from God rather than following their father's example. Could it be because it wasn't a priority to these faithful leaders to teach their children about God?

Psalm 78:5-7 [5] He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, [6] so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. [7] Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands.

Our kids are most teachable at a young age. By the time they become teenagers, the amount of opportunities to teach them about Jesus will drastically decrease if we haven't been doing it all along the way and modeling it for them at home.

To teach our children about Jesus, we have to spend time engaged with them in activities, in conversations, and just doing life actively present with them instead of putting them in front of a screen in another room. They will learn by our example and hopefully want to teach the next generation how to follow Jesus and keep His commands.

If we don't spend time with our children, teaching them to follow Jesus, the world will teach them not to.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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