Children are blessing and a gift from God. As a parent, we need to take care of them according to the will of God. We are accountable for their growth. The Bible tells us that we need to teach our children right from wrong and point our kids in the right direction.
Teach children how they should live. They will remember it all their lives.Proverbs 22:6
Parents should discern and discover the individuality and special strengths that God has given each one.
What Does it Mean to Train Up a Child in the Way He Should Go?
We have a responsibility as a parent.
All over the Scripture, God is perfectly clear about the authority He places in the hands of parents. None is more clear than Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
We have a duty as parents to teach our children what’s important to God. It doesn’t mean pushing them into a certain set of beliefs or rituals; rather, it means displaying a real faith – one that positions the focus on loving God and loving others. There’s not a sizeable purpose we can have in life than reflecting God’s image for our children to see.
Our children are going to learn about the world around them and their role in it. If they don’t learn from us, they will learn from someone else. It’s our duty to use our time with our kids wisely.
We have influence as a parent.
Children are sponges. Kids seem to soak up everything – good and bad. They often mimic the mannerisms of their mom and dad. They’ll do and say the same things they do from time to time.
Paul encourages the church to be “imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
This should encourages us and reminds us of how we’re supposed to live and love. But, it also reminds us that our children are in our care and looking for our example. Children often imitate us. They learn how to act by seeing how we act. They’ll only know how to love by seeing how we love. If they are imitating us, and we are imitating God, our kids will grow up knowing what it means to follow Christ.
As a Christian, we should reflect the Son. We were made in God’s image, but we are not perfect like Him. We are works in progress. As we grow closer to Him, there should be some family resemblance between us and our Father. The things we say and do should be characteristic of Him. And, here’s why that’s important. If we truly reflect Him and shine His glory, others will, including our children. “Let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
We will have results – either good or bad – as a parent.
Whether you interpret Proverbs 22:6 as a promise for raising your kids “in the Lord” or a warning about not doing so, there’s one thing we know: what we do as a parent matters and it will lead to results. Our children are going to become adults, whether we want them to grow up or not!
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land’” (Ephesians 6:1-3).
It’s not likely that Proverbs 22:6 is a guarantee of success for committed, Christ-following parents. But, it is of value to recognize the truth the verse contains.
God has given us an unthinkable responsibility by placing children in our care. The family is a main mechanism God uses to grows His kingdom and grow His people. As a result, it’s our responsibility to teach our children about God.
What we do today will matter in our kids’ lives tomorrow.