Sharing the Word of God with our children is extremely important. The Bible is living and active and can shape their minds and hearts and in turn, their futures. That said, it is not the only point of reference that our children should have when they think about God.
Our children need to know Him. How can one know the invisible God? The Bible says that in order to know Him, we must be drawn to Him. Our children must encounter God for themselves. This is the only way that they will continue on in a personal walk with Jesus.
It is true that the Bible is one HUGE way God has given us through which we can encounter Him. Daily, I hear from God by reading His Word. But I also think that we need to give our kids more.
I grew up in a Christian home, one in which I was taught to read the Bible regularly. I am eternally grateful for that gift. But I also grew up in a home where my parents both knew the Lord personally. They heard from Him. He led them. He gave them wisdom. He healed them when needed. He moved through them. He gave an almost tangible peace and joy when there was no earthly reason to have one. I believe this is a big reason that I am following the Lord still. Even if I wander away, there is no doubt in my mind that God is real and that we can know Him in a personal way. There is simply too much evidence in my life to prove that lie as false.
So how can we ensure that our kids to encounter God? The truth is that we can’t! Because it is a relationship with the Heavenly Father, and a relationship requires two people to exist, our children must want that for themselves. Ultimately, it is each child’s choice.
But I do believe there are steps that we can take as parents to make our home and family conducive to this type of growth! A greenhouse of sorts. Here’s 3 ways:
(The rest of this article can be found as a guest post at Millennial Mommy Site.)