August 17, 2014
By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor
“These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live.” (Deut. 6: 1,2)
Because we are always discipling our children with our daily lives, the goal for each one of us adults should be to take the next step in our own discipleship, which will affect our children.
Parents are the primary disciplers of their children, to perpetuate the faith through the generations. Parents are the most influential spiritual force in the lives of their children. Kids need also to see that adults are not perfect and certainly do not have all the answers. We need to start right now to speak spiritual Truth to them.
Every moment, any time we are together with our children can be a discipleship moment. Daily we can ask, “Where are the spaces in our lives where discipleship can occur? Where can we talk with our children about the values and priorities God wants us to have?”
Scripture builds toward this in Deut. 6: 4-9:
1. The Lord our God is one, and all I need. (Deut 6: 4)
2. If we love the Lord God with all our heart and strength, not worrying, he himself will knock down the dividers until all belongs to him. (Deut. 6:5, 10-25)
3. We want God to take over every part of our heart. If we love the Lord God with our whole heart, then every piece of our life is a God piece. Every moment of our life is when we can receive or give discipleship. (Deut. 6:5-9)
We can talk with our children as we live out our faith. God’s Word should always be accessible as we speak of beliefs, commands, priorities, etc. We first must receive our own discipleship (Deut. 6:6), and then take the Truth we have received and talk about it (Deut. 6:7). It is important to be connected in church to receive discipleship, and then share it with our children.
We need to bring God into the moments that are already there, not necessarily a formal devotional time. The Ulrich family used the dinner table to unpack the day, and then show the love, the life, the perspective, and the Truth learned from God about the day.
We will not have all the answers, but we share the life that Jesus grows in us, giving apologies (for acting like a troll), and admitting when we just do not know answers. Let us talk about our faith as we are living it out daily, sharing and encouraging our children with what God has been teaching us.
Our daily question: “Will I be intentional about discipling my kids?”