“If we decided not to be Christians anymore, would we still be part of this family?” my son asked.
His question shocked me.
“Of course,” I said. “Dad and I would be sad, but we would always love you no matter what.”
The question opened the door to a great conversation about faith and family, but it shocked me for two reasons. I wondered if my son was actually contemplating a decision to reject Christianity. I also wondered if we had somehow conveyed that our love for him was conditional to his following Christ.
We want to pass our faith on to our kids
When our children were small, my husband and I started family devotional times. We kept things short and simple. We read Bible stories and prayed. When they were in middle school, we graduated to reading the real Bible. Each night, we’d read a passage and ask, “What’s your favorite verse here?”
By the time they reached high school, we knew we wanted to encourage them to take ownership themselves of daily Bible reading. We’d hand out Bible reading plans, and over breakfast, we’d give each person the opportunity to share what encouraged or challenged them about they’d read in the morning.
We want our kids to know God’s love expressed in Jesus Christ.
Our kids have made a personal decision to trust Christ for salvation. We want them to experience God’s love and to own their decision by living out their faith for the rest of their lives.
But ultimately the decision to follow Christ is theirs.
When my son left for college, I worried. Would he have his devotional time? Would he go to church?
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