As a Christian parent, I want my children to know God and accept His mercy. I know life without God and would hate to have my children walk in that direction. Right now my children are young, so I have more control of their choices, but as they grow older and older that control swifts from my hands to theirs. They become owners of their life and that can be a scary feeling.
What can I do about it?
You cannot hope to raise a spiritual champion unless you love God with all your heart, mind, strength, and soul. That commitment must be clearly seen through your life before you can hope to have children who embrace that objective. And they must see you investing in your own spiritual growth before they will accept the importance of their personal commitment to becoming a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ. Anything less will strike them as hypocrisy—and undermine your efforts to move them to higher planes of maturity.1
I must remain faithful to God in my own life. Parents that take their faith serious throughout the week, not just on Sunday, have a greater chance of their children becoming followers.
Romans 12: 9 – 21, gives a glance of faith in action about how our faith should be action. I believe if you show you faith in this way, then you will have more success in your children having faith in Christ as adults.
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 415-419). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩