Today, I want to talk to you about your role in bringing your children to Christ.
Not my role.
I want to talk about the exciting prospect of your son or daughter coming to Christ, Repenting of their sins, and following Him. Not just merely, a hand raised in Kids Church. Those are easy to get. You could ask who wants to give their heart to Jesus and every single child will raise their hand.
What we want to avoid is a false sense of salvation in our kids. If you come back to kids church, you will find that we do not treat your children as though they are all little miniature saints. We talk to them about sin, repentance, doing the 180, and following Christ. Think about the confusion a child will feel, if he or she thinks that because they raised their hand once, now they have eternal life.
“The truth is that, for any child (or adult) to be saved, there must be an understanding of the nature of sin. He must turn from his sin and trust in Jesus to save him. Eternal life comes not from saying a prayer or making a decision, but from “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Genuine salvation must be a work of God.
We can have as much a part in the spiritual birth of our children as we have in the planting of a tree. As parents we are make ready the soil of the child’s heart, plant the pure seed of the Word of God, keep away harmful influences, and faithfully water it with believing prayer.
Here is a biblical truth: if we want to raise Godly children, the best way to do it is to be Godly parents. Parents, whether you like it or not, your children will tend to follow your examples. Good examples and bad examples. What example are you setting for your children? If you want your children to respect what you say, they must respect you. That means they need to see you living the life, walking the walk, talking the talk. Don't talk about "doing the right thing", if you are not doing the right thing. It's called hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy kills respect. Your son or daughter will not respect you, nor follow your instructions, when they see you as a hypocrite.