Always Bring the Gospel to Your Children

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
EPHESIANS 2:8

In The woman who touched the hem of Jesus’s garment so she could be healed.. Jesus told her that her faith made her well.  

When your child approaches you about becoming a Christian, you must make sure that he/she gets this. For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves.

The Scripture’s testimony is clear, and while your child may not be able to give you an excursus on justification by faith alone and imputed righteousness, you do want her to evidence that she knows she must repent and trust in Jesus. Does she understand that her works or her baptism don’t make her a Christian, but that repentance and trust in Jesus do? Does she have childlike faith in Jesus Christ alone?

Your child does not get a visible mark on her forehead or a stripe on her back when she comes to Jesus, so you have to talk, pray, and discern. Invite your pastor in to talk to your child and ask questions. He may be able to see and hear things you don’t.

Most of all though, keep putting the Gospel in front of your children. Talk about it in everyday life, in family devotions, and around the table after Sunday worship. Sing songs, pray over your kids, and repent to them when you have wronged them. God’s word never returns void, our labor in the Lord is not in vain, and in due time we will sow if we reap, so take every opportunity to tell and show your kids that Jesus is better than life.

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