During my daily Bible reading last week, I came across Isaiah 28:10. “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:”
Isn’t this the best way to instruct our children in the things of God?
We begin when they are young, helping them memorize simple verses, explaining very basic commands such as children obeying their parents, and enjoying the narrative of Bible stories.
As our children become school-aged, we give more detailed explanations of Bible principles and add applications from those same, now familiar, Bible stories. The memory verses become passages of verses and teach character traits such as diligence and forgiveness.
During the teenage years, we add yet another layer of knowledge, showing them how to study the Bible on their own and delving deeper into the doctrines and tenets of our faith.
Leading our children into spiritual growth is a building process and each child will progress differently. It’s “here a little, and there a little,” just looking for teachable moments daily and being available to answer their questions. Asking what the Sunday School teacher taught or discussing the Pastor’s sermon on the way home from church can provide additional opportunities for instruction.
During a recent revival meeting at our church, it was a blessing to see our oldest daughter taking notes during the service. It was a reminder that helping our children build a strong foundation in the faith is a work that, with the Holy Spirit’s help, will have eternal value.
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