The other day, I shared part one of Teaching Them Diligently. You can read it HERE. I will just continue right on from where I left off. 🙂
Sometimes God speaks to us in ways that is earth shattering. Sometimes He speaks in ways that confirms what we know or should know. The weekend after the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conference, my Pastor continued his sermon series entitled “Life on a Mission.” However, on this particular Sunday he focused on Teaching Kids Diligently.
“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
“So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Deuteronomy 6:1-12
According to Barna, here are some staggering facts:
- 90% of kids leaving home for college also leave their faith.
- 70-88% of all Christian teens leave the faith in their second year of college.
- 85% do not believe in absolute truth. Most believe you can only know a truth that you have personally experienced.
- 1/2 believe that Jesus sinned
- 1/2 of all Southern Baptists may not be converted and we are the most evangelical organization
Hearing these statistics right after coming back from the Teach Them Diligently Conference were both sobering and convicting. Sobering because these statistics involving the state of our communities are incredibly. Convicting because I do not want my kids to be in those statistics. I want to Teach Them Diligently so that when they are older and in college they do not become one of the sheep who was led astray.
We are one forgetful generation away from the role of the church being diminished.
Let me repeat that. We are ONE forgetful generation away from the role of the church being diminished.
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Just let that sink for a minute.
We have a grand purpose. We should fear (reverence) the Lord as the center of the universe. In verse 3 from Deuteronomy 6, it says, “That it may go well with you..” That doesn’t mean that you are promised wealth and prosperity. He is saying that this is how life works best. When we fear and respect the Lord, when we show Him reverence, our life works better.
Deuteronomy 5:16 says that we are to honor our father and mother. We learn to honor through teaching the Word of God and also living by example to our children.
Teaching our kids diligently isn’t a one-time class or once a week seminar. We teach them diligently with patience and commitment throughout their entire lives. We can’t read a devotion once and then say, “Well, I planted a seed. Now it’s up to God to water and fertilize it!” We must be holding daily Bible studies with our families…as a family. If we cannot take 30 minutes out of our day to reenforce God’s Word, we are subjecting our children to the conformities of the world. If we cannot put our children before our favorite TV show, Netflix or the internet, who will reenforce what is taught at church throughout the week. It is NOT enough to just attend church on Sunday’s and expect our children to understand and apply God’s infallible Word in their lives. Good preaching doesn’t make accountability and we as Christians need to be accountable. As parents, we must assume the responsibility to teach our own kids, to train our own kids in the way they should go.
We can tell our kids to be good. We can teach our kids to be good. However, if we haven’t taught them WHY they should be good, we have an issue.
Many kids are really into baseball. If our focus as parents is to teach kids to keep their eye on the ball BUT not on Christ, we need to prayerfully reconsider. If our outside activities keep us from making church attendance a priority, we need to reprioritize.
Many parents take their kids to church and believe that is enough. Many enroll their kids into a Christian school and believe that is enough. Others homeschool and believe THAT is enough. However, you cannot outsource the teaching of candor, morals and beliefs to others. You cannot outsource a firm Biblical foundation to others. That is our duty as parents and ours alone.
So how DO you Teach Them Diligently? How DO you make it happen? Come back for part three where I share RESOURCES!!