From the time you knew you were going to have a baby, your mind went into overdrive. Gender? Name? Decor for the baby room? Crib? car seat? What preschool to enroll in? Kindergarten? Driver’s training? College? Ah!
In your moment by moment planning of your baby’s life did you wonder about teaching your child about God? Have you considered the church nursery? When will we dedicate our baby? Sunday school? Bedtime Bible stories? Your child knowing Jesus? How to share salvation with your child?
Moms, do you realize that from conception, your child is now as eternal as God is? Yes, it is true.
In the 27 years of my career as a kindergarten teacher, and the last 13 of those years, of being a director and owner of a daycare, my heart was for parents and children alike to know Christ. After those years of experience I then became a church preschool director for seven years.
I love little ones and my main concern was for parents to realize the importance of their children knowing God. I would meet one on one with parents and stress to them that their children needed to be in a Sunday school of a Bible preaching church so they would learn of God’s salvation plan for them. Many parents would tell me that they grew up in church and that they no longer go and they know all about God. That is great, so then allow your child the right and privilege to know Him as well.
As we hear news reports of the world being in literal chaos, the Bible does give us the signs of the times; so we must heed the moments and realize that Christ’s second return is near.
Many may be concerned as to the age of accountability for a child and when would a child understand sin, the consequences of sin, conviction of sin and having an understanding of God, and Christ’s death and resurrection. I have seen and heard that children can be saved as early as four years of age, while others are six, seven, eight years old before they comprehend salvation and God’s way to heaven.
My plea ,parents, is that you give your child the opportunity and right to know God, through reading Bible stories, your example, and church attendance.
I know you realized once you became a parent, it was and isn’t about you anymore. It is about your child or children.
Consider these points:
- It is Never to late to start teaching your child about God. Sit down with them and explain that you want them to know that God made them and that you want to help them know God.
- It is Never to late to start attending church. Find a Bible preaching church and go. It is for your child. The younger they are the easier it is to attend church, but it is a plus to go with your teenager to church as well. Fun events for teens at a church will help draw them to church services.
- It is Never to late to start reading Bible stories to your children.
The following are steps to God:
- Believe God is real. God rules. Gen. 1:1
- “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
- We have sinned. Rom. 3:23
- “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
- God provided. John 3:16
- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- Jesus died for us. Rom. 5:8
- “But God commented his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
- We are to receive Jesus as Savior. Rom. 10:9-10
- “That if thou shalt confess the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Remember parents, your children are as eternal as God is so they have the right to know Him and allow Christ in to their lives and receive Him as their personal Savior and Lord.
( For more information about leading a child to Christ, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org)