by Charles Sharman, author of Through the Bible with My Child.
All loving Christian parents hope their children may one day be among the faithful. How does a child transform from cruelty to kindness, from selfishness to charity, from a rebel against Christ to a servant of Christ? Scripturally, we know many things influence the transformation: the Lord, prayer, knowledge, example, the Body, experience, etc. Biblical knowledge is core to the transformation. The Bible reveals our great God, our sinfulness, and Christ’s atonement better than any other work.
In our time and place, child Bible education has been largely left to churches. While weekly church programs have their place, particularly for the lost, they lack spiritual depth because of their time constraints. How good would your child be at math, if she only practiced it once a week? How good would your child be at violin, if he only practiced it once a week? With their time constraints, weekly church programs cannot impart deep Biblical knowledge.
The solution is simple and Biblical. Immediately following the Bible’s most important command (“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might”), the Lord commands:
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:6–7)
God designed parents to be the primary faith-trainers of their children, and he designed the faith-training to be done often. It is the most important task given parents. When all is said and done, your child’s scientific achievement, professional achievement, or sports achievement matter nothing if you miss this one, most important task. Quit something, and make this the priority God intended it to be.