Disciplining, Discipling, and Loving Your Kids – Part 2

DISCIPLING

Last time it was disciplining your kids, which can be like playing the “bad cop” routine. Today, it’s the “good cop” turn to shine. Who is discipling your children? Do you leave it up to the church, teachers at school, the TV, or the internet? Hmmmm, what about you?

What’s important to us as parents, will be important to our kids.    -PK

Like discipline, how to disciple your kids can also be found in the Bible. Proverbs 23:19-26 says, “Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path…Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old…My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways….”. The Bible tells us, as parents, to tell our kids to listen to us and addresses them as mine. Sounds like what we should be doing to God too. We need to listen to Him and we are His.

Jesus said for us to follow Him. Follow means to come after me, to do what I do. Isn’t that what we want our children to do? To follow you? You are your children’s greatest teacher. What would be on your report card? Sure the church can disciple on Sunday mornings, but what about the rest of the day Sunday and the rest of the week?

I’m pretty sure no church children’s ministry operates 24/7. YOU are the ministry your children need 24/7 and as a parent you are already hired for the job. What is important to you? Discipling can be fun for both you and your kids. Maybe it means having the team over for the after game party or going to another birthday party. Your presence and how you act is you discipling your child. When children see that they are important to you, they will take in all you do, and they will remember and learn from it. Action counts.

Discipling your children is not up to the church, it’s up to you. It’s not someone else’s job, it’s your job. How we raise our kids over time will mold them into the adults they are destined to become. Start teaching your children how to be the church, not just go to church.

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