We must also be aware of our society’s cultural shift towards liberal western values. As followers of Christ, we must not relegate our responsibility of discipling our children to the likes of social media, Netflix, or Disney+. What kind of society do we want in the next ten years? It begins with us today.
We must raise up a generation of children who honour God. Like Daniel, who resolved not to defile himself with the king’s food, nor with the wine that the king drank. Daniel asked the chief eunuch to allow him not to defile himself, and God gave him favour and compassion with the chief eunuch (Daniel 1:8-9). The solution is not to take our children out of society, out of school, or cut off their internet connections. They must be in the world, but not be shaped like the world in their values.
Ultimately, we must inculcate godly values and stay directed by God in the nurturing of our children. Our children will learn by listening to what we as adults say, but more importantly they will observe what we do with our Christian beliefs.
Will our convictions and actions strengthen their walk in Christ?
Monday: Matthew 18:3-4
Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Tuesday: Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Wednesday: Deuteronomy 5:29
Oh that they had such a heart as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!
Thursday: Psalm 127:3 (NLT)
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.
Friday: 3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.
Saturday: Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Sunday: Philippians 1:6
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
All scriptures are quoted from the English Standard Version, unless otherwise stated.
By Bro David Jeremiah Mok