Few tasks are of greater importance than teaching your children about God. With all the things vying for our kids’ hearts and minds, it’s vital that we make this a priority when they’re young.
In order for their faith to grow strong roots, we must be consistent in opening up the Word of God with them and giving them practical applications of Scripture. A meaningful devotional, based on biblical truth, can also help build our kids’ faith.
While they shouldn’t take the place of Scripture, devotions can be a great addition to daily Bible reading.
At the end of a hectic day, reading through a devotion with your family can seem like just another task to pile onto the schedule, but it is well worth it. You have the great privilege of leading your children God’s way!
Family bonds are formed
There’s something about shutting out all the distractions and coming together around the dinner table, or on the living room couch. It builds unforgettable bonds. Great discussions and memories take place when we intentionally set aside time to focus on what’s most important in life.
Reading and talking through God’s Word helps you not only grow closer to God, but to one another. As each person shares what they got out of a particular verse, it gives the rest of your family insight into one another’s thoughts on spiritual matters. This treasured time centered on Scripture will be a special memory in the minds of your kids for years to come!
A Strong Foundation is built
Building your family on a solid foundation of biblical truth is so important in a day and age where everything is subjective. Our kids need to be both biblically literate and able to articulate their beliefs.
Devotions often underscore key theological concepts, leading to a greater understanding of truth. Your children learn doctrine in a simple and engaging way through stories and illustrations that relate to what they face in everyday life. And those doctrines are the pillars their faith will rest on.
Your child’s faith grows
As you learn about God’s character, you come to know and love Him, which leads to trusting Him. Devotionals can give you an opportunity to explore verses that help you think more deeply about God’s nature.
Their questions and commentary often provide a springboard for you to discuss your own faith with your children. They also provide a starting point for your kids to begin talking about what they actually believe, rather than just what they’ve been told.
Gathering your family together for devotions in our busy culture can be difficult, but it reaps so many benefits. That little bit of time set aside each night eventually produces a strong foundation of faith and an even stronger family!