As a Christian parent there is a role only you can play in your child’s life, a leading role that guides your child in the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Along with this privilege comes the responsibility of preparation, both for yourself and your child.
We know that children are brimming with curiosity and full of questions. God’s design in them sets up an incredible platform for discussion. And just as you may need to explain to your child on multiple occasions why rain falls and cows go “mooo”, discussions about Jesus aren’t a one-time activity.
Equipping yourself to have these necessary conversations and to ask and answer questions is an action born of your intentional commitment to your child’s spiritual well being.
Here are some things to remember:
- Share the truth
- Make it clear
- Keep it simple
- Convey the love of Christ
You have immeasurable influence in the life of your child by the example you set in your relationship with Jesus Christ. What you prioritize as important will impact what your child identifies as important.
Now, it’s important to note that you being prepared doesn’t necessarily mean the child is ready. But at this age (5+) it’s imperative to prepare yourself and be available to them when they are ready.
Seeking the Lord is a process of discovery for your child. NEVER say that they are too young, and ALWAYS affirm their pursuit of Christ by continuing the conversation.
Children can come to an intellectual understanding of Christianity long before they reach a spiritually, sociologically, and emotionally mature understanding. Therefore, we’ve learned that instead of “yes or no” questions about your child’s beliefs, asking open-ended questions allows them to express their understanding in their own language.
The Bible tells us that no one becomes a Christian unless the Holy Spirit draws that person to God. It won’t be in your timing as a parent, but the Lord’s timing. We don’t know when that will be in your child’s life, but we want you to be prepared for those discussions.
What can you do?
- PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!
- Ask questions as much as you answer them.
- Let the decision to follow Christ be important, explaining that it isn’t a decision to be made to get a bracelet, booklet, or the attention and acceptance of others.
- Encourage that they pursue the knowledge of who Christ is before committing to a relationship with him.
- Make sure your child understands the decision they are making.
- Celebrate with your child when they do make that decision!
The choice to dedicate their life to Christ is the most important decision of your child’s life. It’s a personal and pivotal moment with God.
We want your child to understand what it means to be a Christian, and for them to be able to express that understanding in their own words. Most importantly, we want their heart to be right to be ready to take that step.
Be encouraged! The Lord loves your son or daughter more than you can ever imagine, and He will always be working in their lives to draw them to himself.
The material we are providing will help you engage in conversations about faith and salvation so that both you and your child can better understand and navigate the journey on the Faith Path.
We’ve included a guide that offers practical tips and what we consider the best resources on the topic. The Prepare To Lead Your Child To Christ video and a booklet titled God Wants You in His Family will make that conversation easier when the time comes. You will also find a My Faith Decision card that can be completed as a keepsake for your child’s My Faith Box.