As with anything you study, you don’t retain it unless you really use it. This explains why I don’t remember the Periodic Table of Elements. By the same token, if Bible study doesn’t really change your life, you’ll get little fruit from your efforts.
Our children rely so much on our example. They need to see God’s Word living in us. If they get it from the printed page but see inconsistencies in our lives, we’ll be showing them how easy it is to be like the men Paul spoke of in 1 Timothy 3:7 ~ “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth.”
Therefore, I just wanted to encourage you to try to “practice what you preach.” It certainly won’t be easy, and you’ll definitely make mistakes. But when you fall, you can also teach your children about sincerity of heart, desire for forgiveness, and thankfulness in God’s mercy.
Some other considerations…
1. Be a Christian. Read God’s Word, repent of your sins, confess your belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God to others, and be immersed completely in water for the forgiveness of your sins. You can see how others did this in the book of Acts, specifically Acts 2 & 8 if you’re in a hurry. This is a Bible study with more details about God’s plan for our salvation. Feel free to email me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Pray for wisdom. God wants us to pray for this (James 1:5-8). Do we ever really have enough wisdom? Ask God for wisdom to see the Truth plainly and wisdom to raise your children properly. I pray for this so often.
3. Serve others. Our children need to see that God’s Word changes relationships. For example, they can read Scripture about humility, but they won’t believe it if you don’t submit to your husband. Your life is the best “application lesson” they’ll ever receive.
4. “Disinfect” your home. You can feed a tablespoon of Scripture to the kids every day but it’s not enough if their eyes and ears are feasting on the world through books, magazines, music, television, and computers. Make your home a haven from the world.
5. Speak about God often. Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us when it’s appropriate to talk to our children about God ~ when we sit, walk, lie down and get up. When you see something in nature, when a loved one calls, when you’re anxious – let your children see you pray, sing, and talk about the Bible. Let them feel like Jesus is an honored friend in your home, not an inconsistent visitor.
6. Be an active part of the Lord’s church. Find and attend a church that follows the New Testament pattern in their stand for the Truth, organization, worship, and work. You don’t have to feel alone in raising your family and leading your children to heaven. If you don’t have a church family to help you in this all-important task, email me and I’ll help you find one in your area.