As Christian mothers we all want to raise faithful children. I want to give you some practical tips to help you do that. These I have learned by what has worked, not only with my children, but what I have seen in others.
Have your children in Bible class.
You should be there anyway. Yes, you should be teaching them at home but even children learn from assembling together. I had a mother tell me one time that her child felt left out and didn’t feel included when he was at services. I told her that there is no excuse for bad behavior on the part of the other children, but… she didn’t have him in Bible class so the other kids didn’t really know him. That was her fault and not the fault of anyone else.
Have your children at the gathering of the saints.
PERIOD!! We know we are to come together on the first day of the week to partake of the Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7). Hebrews 10:25 warns us to not make it a habit of forsaking the assembly. Is it your “habit” to stay home when you are tired? Is it your “habit” to miss for work? Is it your “habit” to miss for sports?
You will set the pattern for your family. You are the parent! Your children will not make “priority” decisions for their activities until they are much older. You, as one of the parents, will make the decision for your family to put God first. Stop putting school activities before the gathering of the saints! Stop putting sports before the gathering of the saints! Stop putting an occupation before the gathering of the saints! STOP PUTTING WORLDLY THINGS BEFORE GOD!
Don’t just be “Sunday morning Christians”!
Be there when the saints assemble. If your congregation meets on Sunday night, be there! If your congregation has a midweek service, be there! If there is a gospel meeting or seminar, be there! Teach them—by showing them—the importance of coming together with God’s people. If you need a reminder on how the New Testament church behaved, read Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37.
Make your church family, family.
They may be the family that you never had. Treat them that way. Love them! Have them in your home! Do things with them! Show your children the importance of putting God’s kingdom before worldly people. By the way, this is also one way to win souls. When the world looks at the “family” relationship that you have within the church they will have a longing to be a part of that family. But you must have that relationship first.
Don’t let the world influence your thinking!
Is a 4 year old in ballet a sinful situation? No, it isn’t. But… what pattern are you setting? Look at the clothing they wear. Is it modest, Christ-like apparel? It’s cute when she is 4, but how about when she is 14? THINK LIKE A SPIRITUAL PERSON! How does it affect the “big picture”? The “big picture” is having faithful children in the end. Sports are not a sin within themselves but our society has convinced even those within the church that it’s okay to put sporting practices and events before the gathering of the saints. Is that how you want your child to think in the “big picture”? Surely not. You can have your children learn all of the “positive aspects” of playing sports without them missing any services/ activities of the church. THINK LIKE A SPIRITUAL PERSON IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILD TO GROW UP AND THINK LIKE ONE!
I want your children to be faithful! I want your family to be together in heaven! This small list of practical advice is just the beginning, but these SIMPLE steps will make such a HUGE difference in the lives of the people in your family! If you want to raise faithful children, you must show them how to be faithful by living it yourself!