One afternoon, I was painting a project. The youngest two were taking a nap and Spock sat next to me as he worked on a paper from church. He was memorizing some Bible verses and, after he recited one, I began talking about the Pharisees (very religious Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time).
“Even though they went to the Temple and read Scripture all the time, their hearts were not rescued. They didn’t love God or know Him,” I said as I dipped the brush into the paint can.
“WHAT?” gasped Spock in shock.
As we sat on the floor, I shared the gospel with my son. That, no matter how hard we try to be good, how many times we go to church, or how much Bible we memorize, none of it can take away the sin in our hearts. We are incapable of saving ourselves. Jesus paid the consequence for our sin and He is the only One that can rescue and change our hearts.
The conversation soon came to a close and, as Spock headed outside, I breathed a prayer of thankfulness for what we had just shared. God had given me the privilege of being with my son to have that conversation. It is one that I could have easily missed.
The role and definition of a parent can be complex, but here is the most important job we have: To love our children and point them to God. It is not the church, but the parent, that is to play the primary role as disciple in the life of a child. Only God can save a heart, but we need to vigilantly take every opportunity to teach them about Him and what He says.
It is the greatest gift we can give our children and a sweet blessing as a parent!
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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.” Deuteronomy 6: 5-7.