Day 19 — If You Could Export Only One Thing To Your Child
31-Day Parenting Devotion
By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. — (Hebrews 11:27)
After all these years of counseling and all the trouble I’ve seen in people’s lives, it has become more real to me than ever how we need a better foundation on which to land when we fall. And we will fall.
The only person who can accurately answer the why question after you fall is God. The Lord is your best answer when trouble comes, and if you do not know Him well, your suffering will be more complicated than it needs to be.
The most oft-repeated appeal in the Bible, either explicit or implied, is fear not. The Lord is always calling His people to trust Him. You cannot fully trust someone you do not know, which is your call to elevate your theology–the study of God–above all else.
If we could export one thing to our children, we would choose theology as the main thing, and that is what we do. We want them to walk into their adult lives knowing God, and out of that knowledge, our hope is for them to enjoy every good thing the Bible offers to theologically-centered God-lovers.
If they don’t have sound theology–understanding of God, what will grow out of their lives will not be the best it could be. I’m not talking about having Bible knowledge, as in knowing the facts of the Bible. I’m talking about knowing God.
- If they are going to have strong faith, they must know God well.
- If they are going to live practical lives, they most know God.
- If they are going to love others the right way, they must know God correctly.
We want our children to know the Lord, His person, character, attributes, and all the things He can do. Our hope is when real life problems confront them, they will be able to endure because they can “see” their great invisible God.
We spend a lot of time teaching our children a sound theology. Here is a list of some of the terms they have been learning.
The list goes from left to right as it moves through a sequence of who God is, to what He does for His children. They first learned the term theology, and they are becoming theologians. Then they began learning about God.
Theology, Theologian, Polytheism, Trinity, Sovereignty, Omnipotent, Omniscience, Omnipresence, Transcendence, Holy, Immutable, Hypostatic Union, Redeemer, Resurrection, Gospel, The Fall, Depravity, Sin, Idolatry, Regeneration, Adoption, Justification, Sanctification, Repentance, Worship
The weakness with too many Christians is their lack of theological depth. Nobody taught them theology. Their parents didn’t teach them. Their youth groups didn’t instruct them. They were actively part of a church, but not practically engaging theology.
Some parents and youth leaders seem to have a “theological timidity” as if children are too ignorant, immature, or disinterested to learn theological truths about God.
Our kids are encouraged and motivated when the “big people in the room” let them into their adult world of big words like the hypostatic union. They perceive our respect, love, care for, and trust in them, which creates an eagerness to learn more about God.
The problem is not their lack of capacity to learn, but our lack of awareness regarding the opportunity that is before us, and the lack of intentionality to step into that opportunity.
Time to Parent
Give your children a sound view of who God is and what He can do. They need to know Him more than they need to know anything else in life, and from that foundation, you can equip them with all of the other things they will need to know to be mature, God-loving adults.
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