Teach your children well, their father’s hell did slowly go by. Can you hear and do you care and can’t you see we must be free to teach your children what you believe in. Make a world that we can live in. ~ Crosby, Stills & Nash
I doubt their reason for this lyric from the ’60s had anything to do with the purpose of this article, but truthfully, do you ever wonder if Crosby, Stills & Nash taught their children well? Millions memorized this lyric and my guess is without ever realizing its basic truth.
The premise was accurate enough. Everyone has the ability to teach their children/students well. In fact, children, in every situation, have to be taught and WHAT they are taught will certainly affect their future.
So, I have a question for you. What if you were told the chances of your kids walking away from God were 75% to 90% over the next ten years? What if, because of this likely probability, they were ripe candidates for drug, tobacco and alcohol addictions, unplanned pregnancies, communicable diseases such as HIV, and that the friends they are likely to run with could expose them to the vilest of environments, pornography, committing felonies resulting in imprisonment… or worse?
THEN, miraculously, you were given a plan–a guarantee that, if you followed the steps exactly as prescribed, week after week your kids would never stray from God, but would grow up spiritually safe, passionately loving God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength?
Would you hesitate for even a minute? Would you have to think about it or discuss it with someone for a vote? Would it fit into your personal time? Would you consider altering your schedule to include such a shocking life changing plan?
Sound a bit over the top? How serious are you about the children God has put in your care and influence?
The plan is spelled out for us in God’s Word. The steps are clear, precise, and non-negotiable and results are guaranteed. Simply put, we are to KNOW GOD and teach Him to our children. Scripture is full of promises if we follow God’s plan.
1. Know Him intimately
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power out flowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death. Philippians 3:10 (Amplified)
That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” Philippians 3:10 (NKJV)
2. Teach Him to your children
Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you. Deut. 11:18 (Message)
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deut. 4:9 (NIV)
3. Do this FIRST!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! Your body will glow with health; your very bones will vibrate with life! Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. Give Him the FIRST and best of your time. First in priority, first in preparation, first in passion! Proverbs 3:5 ( Message)
Kids don’t absorb spiritual content by osmosis. So it’s up to us to FIRST explain the truths of God’s plan for their lives and then have the kids explain them back to us. I’m suggesting you find a plan and it doesn’t have to be exactly like mine.
We have so many hours in a week to impact kids’ lives for eternity, let’s make it our top priority and teach them well.