Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 7, 2011
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 1:6
Parents are in a unique position to model the way for living to their children. The role of father and mother carries a humbling responsibility to be a parent worth following. Whether someone likes it or not—they are the Lord’s authority over their little ones—and it’s imperative they take seriously their obligation to steward well their parental roles.
What a privilege to present Christ to our progeny in our speech, actions and attitude. Indeed, our words carry weight when our actions align with Almighty God’s expectations. The Lord looks for parents to depend on Him for wisdom and direction—so it plants the same seeds of dependence on God in the heart of a child at home. A parent regularly prays for Christ’s provision—thus the son or daughter desires to do the same.
“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding” (Proverbs 4:1).
A child is most motivated to walk wisely when their loving parents live it out before them. A parent learns patience in prayer and passes on this pattern of longsuffering to their sons and daughters. A child or teenager who observes their father and mother serving the poor, caring for aging parents and giving generously to where God is working—wants to do the same. The best way for a young boy or girl to learn is to serve alongside their parents.
Jesus is not looking for perfect parents, but for fathers and mothers who will live by faith and not by sight. The Lord longs for parents whose public profession of faith matches their private conduct and character. Your child may or may not remember what you say, but there is a high probability they will become who you are.
Therefore, seek the Lord together first as husband and wife—and then as a family. God will give you the grace to model for your children a life of love and forgiveness. Pray with them and for them to walk in the truth—while trusting in the Lord. Do not underestimate the power of your influence on your little ones. You are God’s representative of righteousness to their tender hearts. Be a compelling example for Christ.
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children” (Proverbs 17:6).
How can we be an example to our children that causes them to love Christ?
Related Readings: Isaiah 38:19; Jeremiah 32:18; Malachi 4:6; Luke 2:27
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