Teaching Children About God – Be The Example
In teaching children it is important to not only focus on the Word but also in action by living a Christ centered life showing a child by example in our everyday walk.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
– Proverbs 22:6
Children are truly a blessing in many ways. Psalm 127:3 says that children are “a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” They bring laughter, love, and joy into our lives – whether we are the parents, the teachers, or just the bystanders. But while children may seem pure and innocent, the truth is that without direction, they will only follow their sinful human nature. Each and every child needs to be taught and mentored so that they can grow into well-informed, God-loving individuals. So what does it look like to teach a child?
First, remember that children often learn by watching and observing. If there are children in your life, then you could be teaching them without even knowing. Nothing you say or do goes unnoticed by these curious children who want to absorb everything they can. Therefore, the best way to teach children is to be a good Christian role model both in word and deed. This will not only help the child, but also challenge you to become bolder in your faith and stronger when it comes to earthly temptations. By showing children a firsthand example of a real-life, born-again Christian, you will help them to gain a better grasp on what it means to follow Christ in everyday life.
Teaching goes beyond modeling behavior, as well. It’s important to educate children both in biblical truth and in the skills they need to survive in the real world. The learning process is a complex one, and you may play a bigger role than you initially think. Of course, your involvement in this process all depends on your relationship to the child. If you’re a parent, you especially have a duty to raise your child with knowledge of the world and understanding of the gospel. You don’t necessarily have to sit down and schedule a lesson for every day of your child’s life. But when the timing is right, don’t be afraid to turn it into a teachable moment – your child may just thank you for it later.
Finally, in everything, teaching is meant primarily for the benefit of the child. This means that we should approach this responsibility with sincerity and humility, not with impatience or forcefulness. Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” When we teach, we teach out of love. We teach because we truly care about the next generation, and we want these children to one day become excellent servants of God. And so even when these children start to frustrate us, we cannot become discouraged. Instead, we should let God teach us the meaning of patience through them. In teaching children, there may be a lesson for us, after all.