Disciple-making at home: Making Christ the focusby Elizabeth Seering
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” — John Piper
Christ in the everyday
The only way to glorify God and to be satisfied in this life is to be His disciple. Discipleship is therefore God’s gift to us, not His burden. Through it, He transforms us from within so that we are satisfied in Him alone, all to His glory. This is the purpose for which we are created and it is why Christ should be central in the everyday discipleship of our children.
I don’t know what you have on your plate. You might be able to balance everything easily, but you might not. The beauty of fostering discipleship in the home is that it doesn’t always require us to add more tasks to our to-do list. Sometimes it just means intentionally including Christ in the established routines of our family. A few of the ways we do this in my home include:
Reading Scripture with our children.
We want our children to be exposed to the truth every day, regardless of their ability to articulate it back to us. When my children were very young, we read The Jesus Storybook Bible or The Gospel Story Bible. Now that they are older, we read brief passages out of the Bible at dinner. We have to eat, so we use that time to be in the Word with them.
Praying with a Kingdom mindset.
We encourage our children to talk to God often and about anything, but we have a Kingdom focus when we pray with them. We want them to understand that God is the hero of the story and the rescuer of His people. We want our children to learn to pray in a way that mirrors God’s desires, instead of focusing mainly on their own.
Encouraging our children to share the gospel.
My oldest makes friends wherever she goes. Because of her friendly demeanor, we encourage her to share what she knows about Jesus with others. She understands that it is her job to share the gospel, but it is God’s job to save and we remind her to be winsome, not argumentative, with unbelievers.
Engaging in conversations from a Christian worldview.
Intentional conversations give us the opportunity to speak truth to our children, from why God made something the way He did, to why we should love difficult people. Stopping and paying attention to them during these conversations allow us to train our daughter’s minds to have a Christian worldview.
Songs for Saplings uses verses of Scripture set to really catchy tunes to fill children’s minds with doctrinal truths. We always have the car radio on, so we use it for Scripture memorization rather than mindless entertainment.
Addressing sin when we see it.
I don’t know how our children will know they are sinners in need of a Rescuer unless we confront their sin as it occurs. We don’t do it to condemn them, but to point them to Christ. As parents, we try to be transparent about our own sins and ask for forgiveness when it’s been directed toward them. We want them to understand that we sin just like they do and need Jesus to rescue us, too!
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Elizabeth Seering is a wife, mother and freelance writer who lives in Wake Forest. She is a member of Richland Creek Community Church and previously served as an executive leader assistant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. This article is the third in a three-part series on disciple-making at home. Read parts one and two at the links below.