Training children isn’t always easy. It is a responsibility that can seem overwhelming. This is especially true when it comes to training up our children to know God. I feel that it is important to start young, set clear expectations and be diligent to patiently teach a child to love God, and to worship Him in loving respect.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5.
As a parent you have been blessed by the Lord. But with blessing comes responsibility.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
I believe that children come into this world innocent, pure and holy. Which is why Jesus said that we should become like a little child.
“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4.
There comes a time when the child grows up, when he becomes responsible for the choices that he makes. This age is different for each child, each person. But our aim, as parents should be that when he is old (old enough to be responsible for his choices) that he will not depart from the way in which he should go.
“In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.” Proverbs 12:28.
As parents, we should want eternal life for our children. We should desire that above all else for them. Yet it is our responsibility to train them in the way that is right, the way of righteousness.
In this series, Training up in Worship, I offer suggestions, ideas and advice to teach children how to behave in worship. I don’t write these things as a judgment for how others are training children in worship. I’m simply sharing what has worked for our family.
Maybe your thinking, “Well, it’s easy for her to say since she only has one child.” No, it’s not easy for me to say. It has taken work on my part, on my husbands part and on the part of our son. But, the things that I have shared haven’t been without much trial. We learned these things and first tried this approach when Beloved and I worked a foster parents. We’ve shared with friends as well who have successfully implemented these tips to train up their children in worship.
Training up in Worship Series
In all things these training up in worship tips should be implemented in love. Love your children, love their souls, and most especially, love for Lord. If you have questions, or want to further discuss worship, or faith, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.