Faith is incredible — it doubles the already infinite possibilities offered to humanity. It allows one to become replenished with strength and principle when needed; enabling him to continuously rise up to challenges regardless of the probability of defeat and loss. More importantly, it holds magnificent prominence in the criteria he uses to determine his life’s decisions and actions. Truly, its influence is undeniably wonderful.
To harvest the benefits of this principle, one may wonder how it could be instilled and developed. This could be answered by the simple phrase “start them young,” as it has been proven countless times that early childhood holds the most critical period in human development. As parents, this means using our position to do our best to guide them in their journey to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Though instinctively thought to be a complicated task, it is not hard to realize that we could do simple, yet very effective methods to accomplish this goal. We have summarized five of these below:
1) Introduce your child to Jesus
The journey of raising Christ’s followers starts with us parents inculcating in our children’s heart and mind the respect for God and His authority. It may sound complicated, but introducing Jesus to your children could be done naturally like how we talk about our shared interests.
Teach the children the following truths to instill the respect for God:
- God is Almighty. He is the Creator of the whole universe—the Heaven and the Earth, the flowers, the sky, the animals, etc.
- Tell your child that God can do anything.
- God is our best friend and He always keeps His promises.
- God makes the rules that we must obey. He sees everything even if Mom and Dad do not see it.
- God disciplines us because He loves us.
- Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He was a sinless man who was mocked and beaten to death to save everyone.
2) Pray and Worship Together
Prayer is essential to any faith. This is the main means for us to communicate and be in touch with Jesus. Through these sincere conversations, we are able to develop our relationship with Him. This allows us to become more open with Him, and become more comfortable in sharing our hardships and triumphs.
By praying together with our kids, we are able to convey to them the serenity and safety it brings. It will allow them to become familiar with the comforting presence of Jesus, and they will become more likely to reach out to him when they are in need of calm and peace even when we are not around.
3) Conducting Bible Studies or Readings
The Bible is often referred to as “the most important book in history.” It has always held the number one spot in bookstores; and this is all definitely for good reason. The Word of God is enshrined in the Bible, so it holds numerous teachings of history and principles. Most importantly, it shows the divinity and omnipotence of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, (the trinity.)
Thankfully, there are plenty of available Children’s Bibles in bookstores. This will allow our kids to become more engaged and interested in learning its contents, thus allowing for a more effective retainment of the ideas inside. This will allow them to form the love and awe for Jesus, and their relationship would ultimately grow to become more personal.
4) Go to Church Together
The church is the physical embodiment of the Kingdom of God. It is where people gather to pray, seek solace, and hear the Word of God. Unquestionably, a multitude of pleas and gratitude have been echoed inside its holy walls, as it represents the Home of God.
Though going to church may seem like a chore to your kids at first, the feeling of spiritual security it supplies would sequentially linger with them. The songs, prayers, and sense of community it holds almost guarantees this, as they would be able to connect the venue to a physical manifestation of where they can seek Jesus.
5) Guide them through Simple Reminders and Dialogues
Let us engage our children in conversations about what they are learning in school and church. When we talk to them about school situations and friends, let us do so with a focus on Christ’s teachings. These ongoing spiritual conversations with our children will help them to fully understand the gospel.
It is indeed important to help our children build a strong relationship with Jesus. However, there are some parents who are over excited or nervous whenever they think of having “the talk”. As parents, we should know that talking about spiritual matters is a norm. We could read more about this in Deuteronomy 6:4-7 which says: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
How do you, the reader, engage your young child in the unmeasurable power of God’s mercy and grace? We’d love to hear, so tell us in the comments below.