6 ways to point your grandchildren to Christby Mark Smith, Faith at Home
Outside of moms and dads, grandparents ranked among the most admired role models by teenagers according to a study by the Barna Research.
The Lord has placed grandparents in an honorable and prestigious position in teenagers’ lives, and He has done so for a reason.
Grandparents possess incredible gifts, a wealth of knowledge and godly wisdom. God desires to use those attributes so grandchildren can experience His goodness and faithfulness.
The Bible has much to say to equip and encourage grandparents. Here are six ways that grandparents can be a blessing to their grandchildren, along with corresponding Scripture verses.
Recognize your grandchildren are of great value and a gift from the Lord.
“Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and the pride of children is their fathers.” — Proverbs 17:6
Never stop learning and teaching God’s Word to your grandchildren.
“Even while I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me, while I proclaim your power to another generation, your strength to all who are to come.” — Psalm 71:18
Tell your grandchildren about God’s faithfulness in your life.
“We will not hide them from their children, but will tell a future generation the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, his might, and the wondrous works he has performed.” — Psalm 78:4
Tell your grandchildren your desire to be faithful to the Lord.
“Do this so that you may fear the LORD your God all the days of your life by keeping all his statutes and commands I am giving you, your son, and your grandson, and so that you may have a long life.” —Deuteronomy 6:2
Strive to live a life of integrity, and challenge your grandchildren to do the same.
“Keep his statutes and commands, which I am giving you today, so that you and your children after you may prosper and so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you for all time.” — Deuteronomy 4:40
Share the gospel with your grandchildren, and always point them to Christ.
“I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also.” — 2 Timothy 1:5
EDITOR’S NOTE: Mark Smith serves as senior consultant for Faith at Home, the family evangelism and discipleship ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.