There’s a very simple secret to sharing faith at home: it starts with me.
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Perhaps this could be called, “God’s Original Plan for Sharing Faith at Home.”
Before taking my kids to be baptised, or Holy Communion classes, or Sunday School,
Before family devotions, intentional conversations over meals, or praying in bed at night,
Before buying their first Jesus t-shirt or Christian youth camp hoodie, or tackling questions about heaven, the Holy Spirit, or suffering,
It starts with me loving the Lord with all my heart, soul and strength.
It starts with me opening my Bible today, and hearing God for myself.
It starts with me listening to God’s guidance and being close to Him.
It starts with me knowing God’s commandments and obeying them for myself.
‘Impressing them on your kids’ will come later. Trust me, they’ll catch the importance of them, from the way that you live.
Don’t get ahead of yourself in sharing faith, without having the faith in God you want your kids to have.
If we, ourselves, could ‘catch up later’ after showing our kids The Way, it wouldn’t be written first in Deuteronomy. But it’s written first, because it’s the place to start.
The ultimate aim of teaching our kids God’s commandments and showing them how to obey them, is not to have well-behaved, nice kids.
The ultimate aim is to have kids who love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul and strength.
It starts with me. It starts with you.