When having family time, one of the most important things you can do to help your children on their walk in faith is to use your family time as a way to teach them about Christ. Here are some reasons why Christ should be a part of your family time.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God shows his love to others through the kind things we do for them. It’s a tremendous honor to be the messengers of God’s love here on earth. Family time is an opportunity to teach about the love and grace of God and how we can demonstrate it in our daily lives. Siblings may present more opportunities to practice lessons in loving one another than only children, but all will benefit from this lesson. Family time is also a time to give them a biblical answer to any tough questions they may have.
Psalm 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
Just as husbands are called to love their wives, and wives are called to love husbands, parents are called to pass on the Gospel to their children. The Bible commands parents to invest in our children by nurturing them physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. This requires maintaining a relationship with one another by spending time together.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
By praying with your family regularly, you demonstrate the importance of prayer to your children. Praying before meal times may seem like a chore at times, but it demonstrates to your children to always give thanks for what the Lord has provided. Praying with them when they are scared, nervous, or upset teaches them to rely on God for comfort and guidance in times of distress. Here are some creative ways to pray together as a family.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
As a parent, you want the best for your children, and as a Christian you want them to have a close walk with Christ. By incorporating Christ into your family time, you set them up with the tools they will need to grow that relationship. Your children look up to you, and will pick up your habits whether they are good or bad. Let them pick up your Christ-like habits and want to spend time with Him as well as with the rest of the family.