"It's more than a story, you know? It's not like your other stories. It's real," I said. My four-year-old daughter and I just finished reading the gospel in her storybook Bible. Every night she usually chooses a favorite fiction for me to read, but this night was different. Instead, she asked to hear the story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. I love how my daughter is drawn to the gospel. I can't imagine what her mind must be thinking as she studies the pictures on each page. There are more than a few pictures that carry a heavy weight to a four-year-old. They do for me too.
I believe she's beginning to understand more of it though, despite the depth of the story. And every time I read it to her, I make sure to emphasize one important truth: The gospel is real.
We all know the gospel is real, but what about our children?
Do they only hear the gospel read to them or spoken about in Sunday morning church? Or do they experience the gospel lived out each day at home?
As Christ-following parents, we are called to share the gospel with our children. God entrusts these precious lives into our hands. We can't assume they will learn without our intentional guidance.
So, what can we do to sow seeds of the gospel in their lives? One way is to utilize everyday opportunities to share it with them.
Did you hear what I just said? Use everyday opportunities.
It's all about capitalizing on everyday moments to lead you into meaningful discussions.
You with me?
Now let me share a few ideas of how the gospel is shared with my children at home. Then, you can begin thinking of your own ideas.
God is holy. (1 Samuel 2:2)
Prayer time at the dinner table is a great time to emphasize this aspect of the gospel. Before praying, take a moment to explain why you are quiet and attentive during prayer. If your child misbehaves, don't take the behavior lightly. Emphasize why it's important to honor God by showing respect in prayer.