The importance of being a Christian parent is preparing your children to one day accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. My oldest son is getting close, to understanding what it means by putting your faith Christ. Currently, he is almost there, but he just doesn’t understand some important elements of faith.
An example of what I mean, he wants to be baptized because he feels bad for sinning. He believes baptism will automatically make him behave better. That somehow, when he get’s out of the water, it will make him a good person, but that is not why we baptize. Baptism is not something we do to make us a better person, but to symbolize Jesus’s death and resurrection.
He’s not ready, but he’s close.
Barna brings up an encouragement about great parents.
The great parents we studied typically waited for their children to make the decision to pursue Christ as their Savior, preparing them for that choice by educating them about the Christian faith and demonstrating what it looks like in practice. The most impressive facet of this process was the amount of prayer that these parents invested in their children’s future spiritual standing. 1
This quote reminded of God’s patience with us, found in 2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
If God is patient with us all in accepting Christ, I as a parent need to patient with my own child. Though he is close, he is not there. I, as a mature adult, shouldn’t be pressuring him to be making this important decision. So I must continue to keep showing him faith by my actions and continue to educate him about God through His words.
Those two things alone are an important part of the process, but we cannot forget prayer. If we believe in God changing lives through prayer, we better believe He can change the lives of our own children.
Continue to practice the faith, educate them about God, and always be praying.
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 1556-1559). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.. ↩