The holy callingby Cheryl Markland
Long before there was printed curriculum, Sunday school classes, Wednesday evening youth group, Awana or other church-centered programming, children’s discipleship happened. It was simple in approach, cost effective and mission critical to the sustainability of the nation. Deuteronomy 6 lays out the methodology, and it is reinforced as a matter of fact throughout scripture. The design was to be conversation between parents and children about God; historic stories were told, praise was lifted, teachable moments embraced and morality modeled. Parenting was deemed a holy calling with fathers commanded to spiritually lead their families.
How do we acknowledge and reclaim this calling, and in turn, reclaim our families for Christ?
- Accept the command as given to YOU.
- Pray for opportunities to engage your children in God’s story.
- Dive in with both feet.
- Is it going to be difficult? Maybe.
- Is it going to always go the way you hope? Probably not.
- Will your children be surprised at your attempts to direct them in godly conversation? Wait and see.
Don’t fear failure, don’t preach and don’t give up trying. Do be natural, do use “I” stories (testimonies) and do rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit. Do it again and again until it becomes as comfortable as your favorite old shirt.
We all want successful families. Psalm 127:1-2 reminds us: “If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.”
Make your family count for the Kingdom!