There are many people today who are interested in advising your children and telling them how they should live. Not only do people tell them how to live, but children are also influenced by television, music, movies, and the internet. Today’s world constantly saturates them with information about what is good and bad, how they should dress and talk, where satisfaction lies, and what their goal in life should be. How can children discern what is bad advice and what is wise advice? It is easy for us as adults to be so worried with earthly matters that we neglect what is really important: their salvation.
With so many voices contradicting each other, children need to know the truth. The Bible says that Jesus Himself is the truth (John 14:6) and that His Word is truth (John 17:17). If children want to know the truth and the will of God for their lives, they must saturate their minds with the Word of God (Romans 12: 2).
Today’s culture tells them that they are intrinsically good and that if they work hard enough, they will be able to live successful and happy lives. However, the Bible says something completely different. The Bible says that we are all born with a hostile heart towards God. We are all born with an inclination to fulfill our own sinful and selfish desires, and no one wants to follow God’s will (Romans 3:10-18). The Bible also says that a truly fulfilling life is found only in Jesus Christ (John 6:35). No amount of earthly success or material possessions will make a child happy, yet the world leads them to believe that satisfaction is found in the fulfillment of their personal desires and goals. When children recognize their unrighteousness in light of God’s holiness and their inability to save themselves, they will run to the only one who can save them: Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” God is holy and has fulfilled the demands of His justice through the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus Christ. The only way a child can be reconciled with God is by placing his trust in Christ alone for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).
How your children respond to the truth of God’s Word is of eternal importance. Will they be deceived by the momentary pleasures of this world or will they live a life for the glory of God?
“And these words, which I command you today, shall be upon your heart; and you shall repeat them to your children, and speak about them when you sit in your house and when you journey on the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up; ” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
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