Church and parents, let’s be at the forefront this Easter season in spreading the best news of all. Let’s make sure our own children and the other children we care about are told the immeasurable riches of the gospel that was accomplished and secured in Christ. Let’s highlight and emphasize the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection in light of the entire storyline of Scripture: Who is Jesus? Why did He die? Why does it matter that He rose again? What does this mean for me?
It's important to teach from a heart that loves and embraces the truths being taught. Like so many spiritual things, the fear of the Lord is better “caught” than “taught.” Children very often pick up our attitudes—those we respect, they tend to respect. Our attitude toward God is also sensed by them—not so much by our words, but by our actions, and our heart affections; it is very easy for them to sense what we feel, to honor what we honor, and to disregard what we disregard.
Our children, grandchildren, and students are listening. Especially when they are young, they will simply repeat what we say. What will be better for their souls—and our own? To be quick to speak with complaints, frustration, and impatience? Or to speak with the life-giving words of Scripture? In order for the latter to happen, we must be Bible-saturated people who are continually, by the power of the Spirit, being transformed by the Word.
As our children and grandchildren increasingly face a hostile world, what thoughts will lead and guide them? Will they reflect upon the glorious truth that God is, indeed, the ruler yet? And furthermore, will they know and understand the nature and extent of that rule so that they will have unswerving confidence in Him no matter what the circumstances in their lives and world? It's crucial for our children to learn of God’s providence—His active rule over all things.