The first and second commandments go hand in hand. First, God tell us to have no other gods but Him. He is to be preeminent in our lives. He is to be the hub around which everything else circulates. The second commandment imperatively states that idol worship is not to be a part of the God-followers life. Those two commandments in and of themselves state a very basic fact about humanity: we are created by God to be worshippers. Worship is the ultimate responsibility of humanity. It is not a dreaded once-a-week activity, nor a means by which we seek to receive something back from God. It is our response to who God is and what He does through the past, present, and future.
You might be asking at this point what this has to do with parenting. My only response is: EVERYTHING! Parenting books, plans, and seminars are all great, but many of them miss the most fundamental point of parenting. We as parents are called with the primary responsibility of developing worshippers. Because God has hard wired us to worship, our job is not simply to get our children to worship, but to worship what is right, good, and true, that is, our triune God. My goal in this brief article is to do two things. First, I want to present some ways in which you can foster appropriate worship in your child’s life. Secondly, I want to warn you of some ways that we often foster idol worship in our child’s life. I hope this will spur on deep thought about what you lead your child to worship.
Fostering worship of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit:
- Respect Sundays. Be prepared for them. Don’t be rushed. Enjoy them together.
- Create an atmosphere of gratitude to God in your home. Be thankful in prayers, give glory to God when something good happens during your day, Continue Reading…