As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. 1 Corinthians 15:48-49
Do your kids look like you? For me, it was amazing to watch my kids growing up and to see how early you could recognize whose traits they had the most.
You know, our kids are born with our physical traits, but hopefully for us as parents, we're not satisfied with that. We need to want that they don't just look like us physically, but that they should also look like Jesus spiritually.
This takes some tenacity that says, I'm not going to be a quitter. I'm going to continue to drive into my kids the very image and nature of Christ and Christ alone.
That comes with some challenges these days because you are surrounded with this culture that's so ungodly. I mean, how are we to raise these kids to love God in such an ungodly time of history?
Well, to be honest, whether they're into it or not, I don't think it should be an option. You're their parents, and as being like Christ is already decided for you (or at least it should be!), you should simply expect the same from your children.
And moms, dads, keep doing what you know is right according to God's Word. Don't faint, don't pull back, don't retreat, don't quit, and you will reap a harvest if you don't lose heart. The Bible promises that and you can declare that promise over your kids.
Declare the Word of God over your kids. Declare an expectation over their life that they will love God, that they will live to serve God. Declare that over them because God's Word never returns void. Let them hear you declare it over their lives.
Well, they're not into it, Bob.
Let them hear you declaring it over them! Let them hear you praying out loud for them. Nothing will mess up their week more than overhearing you praying for them out loud.
Maybe so, but they need to see the example anyway. He's praying. Wow, she's praying. Come on! Join with me in setting up some guardrails that would keep our kids on the right road. Be a sold out example that out loud leads and declares them into the same relationship with Christ Jesus.
Prayer Heavenly Father,
Thank You that You know how to be a good parent! Thank You also for the promises of Your Word! Please help me today to use the wisdom of Your Word in my parenting.