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A young mother asked what to do to help her toddler daughter develop a relationship with Jesus. As a Sabbath School teacher of toddlers, I told her I had a few suggestions.

I applaud you for all that you are doing to educate your child and encourage her into a personal relationship with Christ. Few people realize how young this can happen in a child.

A loving, trusting relationship with Jesus comes first of all with a child's relationship with her parents and her observation of their relationships to each other and to God. Parental example is the primary teacher of all children—even through their adult lives. "Once a parent, always a parent" is absolute truth.

More than all the things you and your husband read to your child about Jesus, will be how you and your husband regard God and all things pertaining to Him. How you show reverence in God's house; how you conduct yourself in class and speak of or treat others; how you act at home will teach her more about relationship to God than anything. For youngsters who are brought up with Jesus in the family—listening to their parents prayers and offering their own—will make their relationship with Jesus come almost naturally. He has just been there in her life as far as she can remember.

Consistency and Steadfastness

It's not that Satan, the "roaring lion," won't be ready to attack. Those precious baby years are short, too short. That's where consistency and steadfastness to Bible truth will continue to give your growing thinker and ponderer a firm foundation. The older she grows beyond her baby years, the more important the daily Bible study and family prayers. (My parents' prayers blessed me until the time of their deaths and beyond. I was so incredibly lucky to hear my name lifted in prayer morning and evening whenever I was with them, knowing it was being lifted up with all the other members of our family and extended family whether I was present or not.)

This young mother mentioned the liberal factions in the church where she worshipped. I am not at all sure that a church is required to entertain—to fill its rafters with applause and laughter and make the sacred service more like a comedy show or a stage for improv actors.

I am not at all sure—in fact, I'm pretty positive they shouldn't—teach our children that they have to be loud and wild and crazy in order to have a good time.

I'm not at all sure that a church has to provide coffee and pastries and snacks between services and in the teen and young adult classrooms so people will come.

I'm not at all sure about a lot of things in some churches today.

But I am sure of this one thing: Jesus is coming for those who love Him. If your relationship with Christ is strong, your child will have a worthy role model.

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