Intentional Discipleship

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

The primary discipler of your child is you. God has called you to be the biggest spiritual influence in your child’s life. We’ve looked in previous posts about parenting, about being a grace filled parent, but this one I want us to look at that discipleship with children is to be intentional.

Train up a child. To train someone is to be intentional about what you teach them. In the work place this is coming up with a plan to make sure to produce the best employee that you can produce. In children this is being strategic in teaching your child what it means to follow Jesus. You are helping your child be trained in the way that they should go, to follow Jesus in their lives.

Even when he is old he will not depart from it. This promise is something that is difficult. For several parents out there they feel like they have done all they could to help their child follow Jesus and it seems like they have not continued down this path. In a later post we are going to deal with this issue, but for our purpose today, we are looking at the influence that you have on your children. That when you teach your children what it means to follow Jesus, they follow your influence.

As parents we have to make sure that we are intentional about how we teach and spend time with our children. We have to be intentional on what we teach. They are listening, they are watching, what are you teaching?