A couple of months ago, I read a post online that revolutionized my parenting.
The post posed a basic question:
‘Are you preparing your child for eternity?’
The reality is that, though we would all love our children to live until they are grey, some children pass away at a tender age. The length of their days is not ours to dictate.
Though we would like to guide our children till they are grey, our longevity is not in our hands. God has determined the length of our days. Oh, that we would learn to number our days.
Sometimes we get so sucked up by life on this earth that we forget it is just but a corridor and not the destination. Though it’s length may differ from individual to individual, it will surely come to an end. How we live here, determines what happens on the other side.
A crucial part of our job description as parents is to prepare our children for eternity. However, it is difficult to teach what we do not know and believe.
Do you believe that Christ is coming back?
Does this belief influence your daily life?
Do your children see this influence?
This has been such a conviction for me. I discussed these thoughts with a friend of mine recently and she told me that though she knew her mum to be a staunch Christian in theory, she never once received an invitation to know this God personally. She never even saw her mum read her bible. This salvation was never shared; it was like a badge to be displayed but not to be touched. You had to believe that God is good because she said so. As my friend has grown older, she has struggled to relate with the Holy Spirit because He seems so foreign.
Below are a few tips that I have gathered the last couple of months to help one prepare their children for eternity.
- Show your children that it is important to prepare for eternity
If you believe that preparation for eternity is crucial, invite your children see you prepare. Let them see you doing your quiet time so that they can become familiar with the concept.
- Teach them about God and eternity
Study the Word of God with them. Introduce family devotion time. Pray with them and give them an opportunity to pray.
As you teach them, allow them to question; it’s not about believing because you said so! Allow them to experience the Holy Spirit. He is able to open up their hearts and minds to heavenly treasures and realities.
Spend time in the Word and ask the Holy Spirit to teach and equip you to be a prepared witness at all times.
- Create a suitable environment for them to pursue God
It’s about planting a seed and letting God, our gardener, tend to it. For the seed to grow, we can introduce things that promote a better environment.
Listen to music that edifies the spirit. Create a prayer chart, where you write the things you are trusting God for, and the breakthroughs when they happen. Have a weekly bible verse for each family member to memorize, so that you encourage hiding God’s word in your heart. Show them how to apply the verses that they memorize to their everyday lives.
There is something about child-like faith that we need to leverage on. Teach them when they are young, before the things and pleasures of this world define their stand. So that their stand in this world will be defined by their preparation for eternity.
If your child is a little older, give them an opportunity to receive salvation. Evangelize to them.
I will be sharing tips over the next couple of weeks, of how I’m teaching my toddler about God and eternity. I believe that this is the best time to start because she learns both actively and passively.