Overcoming the Two Greatest Challenges to Discipling Your Kids
As parents, we all want what’s best for our children, especially when it comes to their spiritual growth. Yet, we often face two significant challenges on this journey of discipling our kids. In this post, we’ll address these challenges head-on and provide guidance on how to overcome them.
I Don’t Have the Moral Authority to Lead My Kids Spiritually
It’s not uncommon to feel inadequate when it comes to leading our children spiritually. We may think, “Who am I to guide them when I’m far from perfect?” But take heart, for there is hope and encouragement in the Scriptures.
“This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them.”
– 1 Timothy 1:15, CSB
This verse reminds us that even the Apostle Paul, a prominent figure in the early church, acknowledged his own imperfections. We’re all sinners saved by grace. Your moral authority doesn’t come from being perfect but from the transformative power of Christ in your life.
I Don’t Know Enough About My Faith to Teach My Children
The second challenge is feeling ill-equipped to impart spiritual knowledge to your kids. You may think, “I don’t have all the answers, so how can I teach them?” But remember, you don’t have to be a theologian to share your faith.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.”
– Matthew 28:19-20, CSB
“As the Father has sent me, I also send you.”
– John 20:21, CSB
These verses remind us of the Great Commission, where Jesus calls us to make disciples. You don’t need to know everything; you just need to share what you know and keep growing together in faith.
“These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
– Deuteronomy 6:4-9, CSB
“One generation will declare your works to the next and will proclaim your mighty acts.”
– Psalm 145:4, CSB
These verses emphasize the importance of passing on your faith to the next generation. It’s not about having all the answers; it’s about consistently sharing your faith and creating an environment where questions are welcomed.
In conclusion, you don’t need to be a perfect, all-knowing parent to disciple your children. Your moral authority comes from Christ’s transformative grace, and your knowledge can grow alongside your kids. Embrace your role as a spiritual guide with humility, trust in God’s grace, and engage in open discussions about faith. As you navigate these challenges, you’ll not only strengthen your family’s spiritual foundation but also build lasting bonds with your children that will shape their faith journey for years to come.