Thursday, June 21, 2012

Home Work

My husband and I hold several Vacation Bible Schools throughout the summer, and are saddened by what we are discovering.  Children are no longer being taught in the Home about the Bible and all it holds.  Parents are relying on the Church to teach and train their children in the "way they should go".  However, that is NOT what God had in mind.  He wanted them to be taught first and foremost in the four walls of YOUR Home.  With the steady decline of overall Bible knowledge (specifically doctrine), I'm beginning to draw the conclusion that the problem HAS to be found in our Homes...

Whatever happened to the idea of a family Altar?  I'm not talking about setting up a pulpit and a wooden bench in your living room.  I am referring to time spent as a FAMILY reading and studying God's Word-discovering what HE values; what HE requires of us as His children; what kind of things please HIM... It's not a hardship to please Jesus.  In fact, it's an absolute JOY!  We need to teach our children that in our HOMES and not rely on our Churches to do so.  I am NOT reflecting on our Churches in this post.  Many of us attend good, doctrinally sound Churches.  But friends, it is NOT their job to teach and train our children!  God has given US as PARENTS that job.  The best way we can do that is to be REAL ourselves, and to live by example before them.  THEN what we teach them about God's Word can take root.  If we aren't living it ourselves on a daily basis, why do we think our children will turn out to be godly saints?

We have a HUGE responsibility as parents to teach our children IN THE HOME what it means to be a Christian and a true follower of Jesus Christ.  I would like to challenge us today to begin (if your not already) to teach and train our children what we believe, and why we believe it.  Perhaps that will require you to do some studying and soul searching yourself; but there will be no greater reward than when we all get to Heaven and hear our Savior say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant..."

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