Children naturally imitate their parents and guardians. They are created to be quite impressionable at a young age and are easily influenced for the good (UK basketball fans according to most people at CPC) or bad (Ohio State Football fans according to most people at CPC). Children also ask a lot of questions during these important developmental years.
Recent questions I have been asked from my 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son have been: “Does Jesus crawl through your mouth to get inside your heart?”, “Why is God on the moon?”, “Why do some kids not have mommy’s and daddy’s?”, “Why don’t you carry a Bible around restaurants and McDonalds to share Jesus with the people in there?” and “How do babies get out of the belly?” Yes, as you can tell we have our hands full with our kids and the youngest two are just starting to talk. However, each question is a learning moment for their impressionable hearts and we are reminded of this in today’s Scripture.
I believe this is why Moses twice told God’s people to tell their children to remember what God did for His people when freeing them from slavery to the Egyptians and providing for them along the way to the Promised Land. In verse 8, Moses tells the Israelites to tell their sons that God has provided the bread for them because of what He did for them coming out of Egypt and that they will have signs on their hands, memorials with their eyes and the law in their mouths to remember what God had done. Then in verse 14, Moses told them that their sons would ask their parents why they are setting apart their firstborn animals and children (child’s play question compared to my children) and for them to point back at His redemption & provision through the Passover and exodus again. Of course, this is not the only time that we see God’s people telling their children how great our Lord is. It’s just another example of how important it is that we pass down our faith to the next generation.
- If you’re a parent, grandparent or guardian how can you influence your kids/grandkids toward Christ?
- How can you help influence children or students at our church? (ex. serving, VBS, donating to mission trips/camps, etc.)
By: Erik Koliser