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The Top-Job Priority as a Christian Parent

The Top-Job Priority as a Christian Parent

One of the reasons many of us homeschool our children is the opportunity to pass along our faith. And we do know that as Christian parents, that is our top-job priority.

Many of us take the admonition in Deuteronomy seriously:

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

We find that homeschooling gives us an opportunity to share God with our children during the ins and outs of every day living — the good and the bad, the high points and the disappointments.

But we must also always keep in mind where our role begins…and ends.

You need to teach your children the law of God; teach them the gospel of divine grace; show them their need for a Savior; and point them to Jesus Christ as the only One who can save them. If they grow up without a keen awareness of their need for salvation, you as a parent will have failed in your primary task as their spiritual leader.

Regeneration is not something you can do for them. Parents who force, coerce, or manipulate their kids may pressure them into a false profession, but genuine faith is something only divine grace can prompt. The new birth is a work of the Holy Spirit.

…Only God can work sovereignly in your children’s hearts to draw them to Himself. Their salvation is a matter that must ultimately be settled between them and God.

If you are looking for ways to encourage your children in your faith and feed their desire to learn about Christ, you may find help and comfort in these tips from Dr. John MacArthur.

As believing parents, you are the first and most important preachers God has given them. They will observe your lives up close, to see whether you seriously believe what you are teaching them. They will weigh what you teach them about these matters from the earliest time they can understand anything. You have a better opportunity than anyone to help frame what they know about Christ. Every moment of their lives is a teaching opportunity (Deuteronomy 6:6–7), and you should use those opportunities to the best advantage for your kids’ sake….

The key is to be faithful and consistent in both teaching and exemplifying the gospel.

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Additional Reading

Little Eyes Are Watching {Parent Modeling}Little Eyes Are Watching
Thoughts on parent modeling.

The Race is TheirsThe Race is Theirs
Our role then, is to train, encourage, equip, and PRAY so that our children can “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares” them, and “run with endurance the race that is set before” them.