Discipling your children is necessary for Christian parents. But how do you do it?
If you’re a Christian parent, discipling your children is one of your greatest responsibilities, privileges, and blessings.
Discipling your children is the most natural way to help them become devoted Christ followers. As they watch your walk with the Lord, they can begin to mimic you. You can gently guide them in spiritual disciplines and mentor them any time of the day.
Since they’re you’re children, you’ve been given years to influence them. (It may seem like a long time, but it will go by quickly. From the time you have a baby, you only have 940 Saturdays together until your child turns 18.)
As long as you’re walking closely with the Lord and living a Spirit-filled life, you can be a powerful, life-changing example.
How do you disciple your children?
Intentionally helping my children become disciples of Christ never was a blip on my parenting radar until I read Sally Clarkson’s book, Educating the Wholehearted Child. But even after knowing my husband and I needed to disciple our children, we’ve spent the past several years trying to figure out how to do it.
While we take our children to church each Sunday, pray together before each meal, read the Bible together every night before bed, and try to serve others as a family, it still doesn’t seem like enough. It still feels like we need to do more.
Because of wrestling with the figuring it out process, I was excited to read Melissa Spoelstra’s new book, Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home.
In her book, Spoelstra details 8 practical steps to help make disciples:
- Reading God’s Word,
- Connecting through church,
- Giving, and
- Sharing Your Faith.
She not only tells why the steps are essential to discipleship and Christian growth, but she also tells how to implement the spiritual disciplines in your family. Then she follows up with insightful questions.
Total Family Makeover is everything it should be: inspiring and informative – and packed with practical suggestions any family can use.
Because I need to see strong examples to be inspired and have a good idea of what to do, I loved the book. My husband and I already have been using it as a springboard for discussions around our family’s dinner table. Yet we need to use it so much more – especially as my children get older and understand what we’re doing as a family.
I’m using Total Family Makeover to help develop my own spiritual walk – and I’m using it to help me as I teach my children.
When it comes to discipling your children, what works well for you?
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