Is it good to want to raise good kids with moral values? Of course! Is it enough? If you are a Christian mom wanting to raise your kids for God’s Kingdom, then the answer is no. We have a calling on our lives to raise our children to not only be good, but to fear and obey God, follow His will and spread the Gospel.
Am I saying that all of our children will never get into trouble and become pastors and evangelists? Absolutely not! At the same time, I do want us to be intentional in going the extra mile to start teaching not only moral, but Christian values to our children at an early age.
It is known that the earlier we set the foundation, the higher the likely hood of our children not falling astray increases tremendously. Even if you are just beginning your relationship with Christ, each day is a new day, and it is never too late to start!
Prayer: Kids for God’s Kingdom
There is not a set age or time during child development to start teaching children to pray. The earlier the better! Prayer is our direct line of communication with God.
It is vitally important to teach children that God is available and listening to each and every prayer they pray. Instilling this truth will help children understand that even when it may feel like no one is listening or understands, God does.
Let your children see you pray! Talk with them about how God is moving in your life and answering prayers. This is a faith builder for the entire family. As they watch God move as you pray, they will want to join in.
When your children come to you needing advice for problems they are facing, please let prayer be the default. So many times we want to come up with solutions to our problems ourselves. This is not the way we are called to live friends. If we want to raise up kids for God’s kingdom we have to know that prayer is our defense and weapon.
God fights our battles. Yes, at times there are steps we need to take and action is required on our part. The truth is, we have to pray in order to know what to do, if anything at all.
Confidence: Kids for God’s Kingdom
Oh mama! This one is just as important for the kiddos as it is for you! Where do we gain our confidence? It is through Christ! We MUST know who we are in Christ! If we do not understand our role and importance, we will never have the confidence to accomplish our calling.
The Bible says, in 1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
John 1:12 says, “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God”.
Ephesians 1:5 says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
I could go on and on about how much God loves us, created us in His image and set us apart for our good and for His glory. He has a plan and a purpose for you and for your children.
Please know today, how loved, cherished, valued, special and important you and your children are. Speak affirmations over yourself, your spouse and your children. Remember that life and death are in the power of the tongue. If you don’t feel like who God says you are speak it anyway! As you do, you will start to see it and believe it and so will your kids!
Scripture: Kids for God’s Kingdom
Bible reading and scripture memorization are another vital component of raising kids for God’s Kingdom. When we as parents know the Word of God it makes it easier to help teach our kingdom builders the Word. We set the momentum and example.
When we know the Word, we set ourselves up for success in prayer and knowing who we are in Christ and we can then have that confidence we need to carry out our calling.
We should be praying, speaking and believing the promises of God our Father. Then we can watch them come to pass. The Bible has lessons on every situation we will face in this life. There is nothing that we experience that Jesus did not experience himself.
God’s word is our guide. Psalm 119:105 states, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path”. We need the Word of God friends.
There are many ways to get children interested in reading the bible. One is to allow your children see you reading the bible. It is a known fact that children mimic what they see adults do, especially their parents.
In conclusion, raising kids for God’s Kingdom is not an easy task and takes strength from God and determination. This is a high calling and we as parents should not take it lightly. It is our duty to shape and mold children who are on fire for the Lord!
Teaching our children the importance of prayer, confidence in Christ, bible reading and scripture memorization are staples of the foundation of raising kids for God’s Kingdom.
I would like to recommend a book that I have studied and learned so much from as my husband and I have been really focusing on raising our kids for God’s Kingdom. The title of the book is Raising Kingdom Kids by Tony Evans. The information and sound advice from this book has been so inspiring. I highly recommend it! Dr. Evans goes into great detail of so many aspects of raising Kingdom kids.
Will our children be perfect and never make mistakes? No. Will we drop the ball from time to time? Yes, but as we keep our eyes on the goal at hand we will pick up where we left off with no guilt and condemnation because these are not from God.
God is our strength and help. What He promises He will do. He will never leave us nor forsake us. God is faithful! We can hold the promise from Proverbs 22:6 close to our hearts. Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
I hope this blog post has been helpful to you. It is my desire to come alongside and encourage you on this journey. If you have questions or need prayer, please let me know below! I will be sure to get back to you! Thanks so much for reading!