Being sold out is excellent but incomplete if you don’t raise sold-out kids. You have a significant role to play in whether or not your kids will be sold out to God. Proverbs 22:6 tells us, “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
This is a call to prepare the next generation to love God despite all the challenges that they will face. The question that begs an answer is, “how do you raise sold-out kids in this challenging generation?”
How to Raise Sold-Out Kids
Our world is full of many distractions and temptations. If one isn’t careful, kid or adult, following God and staying sold out becomes a myth. Once you succeed at being sold out to God, your next responsibility is to raise sold-out kids. Here are a few tips to help you out:
Pray with and for your children
As parents, we know that we should pray for our children. This responsibility is pretty easy; most of us do this more than we pray for ourselves. However, you shouldn’t only pray for your children, you should pray with them. How do they learn the power and importance of prayer if you don’t?
Don’t just tell them to pray without ceasing, show them how. An easy way is to get them a prayer journal that guides them on what to pray about daily. You should also encourage them to share their prayer requests with you. Spend some time praying over these requests together. Doing this will show them how to trust God to answer their prayers.
Teach them to study the Word
In Proverbs 3:1-3, the writer invites his son to study the Word and keep them in his heart. Every Christian parent should take a cue from this scripture. The best time to build a culture of studying the Word is when your kids are young.
Get them a kiddies’ devotional and a Bible that is easy to understand. Spend some time reading the Word together daily and explain what each scripture you read means. Let them know the importance of what you are doing and how it can mold them into great adults in the future. Make it fun by providing rewards when they memorize parts of the Bible.
Attend church together
Many parents prefer to leave their kids at home while they go to church. They have several excuses for doing this, for example, the kids will distract them, or they wouldn’t understand what the preacher is saying. If you are bothered about any of these issues, you should find a church with a strong children’s arm.
Your children need to experience the beauty of worshipping in church with other believers. Choose a church where you are sure the children’s church teachers are grounded in the Word. Spend time with the teachers periodically to learn how your children behave in church. Ask your children to share what they learned in church after each service. It requires a lot of effort on your part, but it is worth it at the end of the day.
Lead by example
More than anything else, you must understand that children learn most from what they see. Regardless of what you teach a child, they are more likely to copy what they see you do. You cannot tell a child to do what you say, they will do what they see you do in most cases. This is why you must lead them by example.
If you want to have sold-out kids, you must show them that you are a sold-out parent. Be their role model. Let your children see you as their first spiritual father or mother. The examples you set for them will go further and have more impact than your instructions.
We have a great responsibility to raise sold-out kids to pave the way for the new generation. This post has shown you how to achieve this feat in these challenging times. Do you have other ideas? Kindly drop them in the comments section. Meanwhile, feel free to peruse other articles on GodKulture’s blog.