How To Disciple Your Children: Capture the Moment

How To Disciple Your Children: Capture the Moment

Guest Post by Mark Gouge

Timing is everything.

We find this maxim to be true in countless ways, whether it be a promotion at work, the item yo467321197u need the most being on sale, or your golf swing having been miraculously corrected in time for the tournament with your friends.

Timing also plays a factor in what we focus on. We buy new tires for our cars when our old tires begin to wear. We prepare meals when we are hungry and need to eat. You get the idea.

When it comes to discipling our kids, timing is every bit as crucial. As we go through our days, and life with our kids for that matter, we must capitalize on timing. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is probably the most cited passage when it comes to teaching our kids about the Lord: we are to love the Lord above all and we are to talk to our kids about the Lord at all times. When we are in the house, lying down, getting up, or out and about.

While it is vital to have a plan to teach our kids the Word of God and the truths of Scripture, it is equally crucial that we use the moments in our day and life to explain and illustrate the truths of the Lord. It may be talking about the sunrise or sunset with your kids. It could be listening to music with them and helping them comprehend the lyrics. Whenever it may be, take the time to recite to them lessons you have learned.

Here are some thoughts on ways you can be prepared to capture the moments with your kids:

  1. Be prepared . Your walk with the Lord must be fresh in order to be spiritually-minded enough to see the moments. Love the Lord and disciple your kids out of the overflow of your own discipleship journey.
  2. Be transparent and vulnerable. Allow your kids to know areas you have been challenged in. Be careful not to merely “teach” this; instead, explain to them the process you went through, and allow that truth to resonate.
  3. Be joyful. Let them know how wonderful the Lord is to you. Sing. Praise. Proclaim God’s goodness. It’s contagious!
  4. Be intentional. You will never accidentally disciple your kids. Be ready and sensitive to the Lord’s leading as you get up, venture out, hang around the house, and as you lie down.

Time is of the essence as we aim to please the Lord and pour Christ into our kids. Our kids are full of questions and we as parents are responsible for being the primary faith-builders in their lives. You can begin this very second to capture the moments each day.

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Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015), and The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017).
  • Joshua Newton

    I agree wholeheartedly. I have been striving to apply these principles in my own family life for as long as I have had children. They are 6 &10. There are never ending opportunities for fresh examples of God’s work in my own life and the life of my children.

    I comepletely agree that we as Fathers must be humble enough to show our children our short comings And use them as examples of our own walk with the Lord. Not only does it make us more human and accessible to our children, but It gives us opportunities to speak to His faithfulness in empowering us to obedience.

    Discipleship is not a moment in time. It is life together. This is especially true for Fathers. While it is important to have specific times of family worship as often as possible, some of the best discipleship moments come “in the moment” while simply doing life together. Thanks for the thoughts.

  • Daniel Burton

    I read a post by Francis Chan today on the art of “apostolic leadership” to “effectively motivate people around God’s vision.” As a father, I can think of no higher calling. We lead by example. I think if we live like Christ, our children will have a real life example to follow. If we don’t live like christ, they’ll have that example to follow, too.
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