TRAIN YOUR CHILDREN GOD’S WAY
ments of proper childrearing that are very different in nature than the things discussed in previous chapters.
Children initially learn about God from their parents. Parents are in a unique and extraordinary position because they are the ones who lay the foundation of their child’s future relationship with God. As with other points, parents must be properly educated in what God expects them to teach their children to do and what He expects them to teach their children not to do!
Teaching About God, His Word and Christianity
y now you realize there are many vital principles, lessons, char- acter and personality traits you must teach your children to un- derstand and develop. All are essential. However, the most important things you will teach them are those pertaining to God and their fu- ture calling as Christians. Remember, your role as steward over your children is temporary. The goal is to deliver your young adult chil- dren to God’s doorstep, fully prepared for Him to bring them to con- version. This means that there are many additional, more spiritually- oriented—and some entirely spiritually-based—elements of your children’s training that must receive your special attention! B
This chapter focuses on the vital dimension of your child’s spir- itual development, with the understanding that the ultimate goal of every human parent is to see their children enter the kingdom of God as very members of the God Family! In a sense, everything that you teach your children must be continually brought back to this ALL-IM- PORTANT GOAL. This must be your constant focus, and you must strive to make it your children’s constant focus.
Teaching about God involves a variety of vital points of under- standing that will create a clear picture in your children’s minds of why they were born: They must come to comprehend that they have to always seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, that human beings are incomplete without the Spirit of God and certain revealed spiritual knowledge, and that these things are all connected