Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
I am convinced that much of the struggle that Christian parents have with their children is not that they don’t want to teach their children, or that they don’t teach their children. I think the issue we face as parents is what we teach our children. Most kids who grow up in a Christian home learn good morals and Bible verses, but they do not develop a genuine faith and they eventually leave completely, either dramatically or slowly over time. This is because we often don’t know what to teach our kids… or at least we don’t think we know.
The answer is pretty simple: teach your kids to treasure Christ. We spend a lot of time teaching them good things,(work hard, don’t swear, share with your sister) but if we don’t teach them to love Jesus, we are creating well-behaved sinners. Everything we do as parents communicates something to our kids. So, if we love Jesus, our kids will see that. If we, because of that love, are able to forgive and love our spouses well, our kids will see that. Then, when we teach them the Bible and we tell them about Jesus, they will connect the dots.
It’s not full-proof, because ultimately each person is responsible to personally respond to the Gospel. But there is no better way to follow the advice of Proverbs 22:6 than to make it our aim as parents to show our kids how lovely Christ is and teach them to treasure Him above mommy and daddy and t.v. and toys and friends and school.