Parents, you play a defining role when it comes to how your children will view the Bible.
Paul, writing to his protege Timothy said:
But you [Timothy] must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:14-15 NLT)
Paul assumed that Timothy would view the Scriptures as truthful because of the people who had taught him the Scriptures!
So how do we prepare our children to appreciate and love the Bible?
St. Paul gives us an answer. It’s back in verse 10:
You know what I teach, Timothy, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith and how long I have suffered. You know my love and my patient endurance. (2 Timothy 3:10 NLT)
Paul’s talk and Paul’s walk proved him to be a trustworthy teacher. Timothy had seen Paul teach and live through the most desperate of times and through them all he maintained his loyalty to the teachings of the Bible and integrity in living them out. (Check out what Paul said about Timothy’s grandma and mom in 1:5)
In a nutshell, parents, the loyalty to Scripture and integrity of your life in both good and bad times will largely determine how your children view the Scriptures.
2 thoughts on “Parents, kids and the Bible”
You are so right on in this post. Parents must live out the truths of scripture in front of the children, especially in difficulty–falsely accused, economic stresses, etc. They must see that parents don’t view truth differently when convenient. May God continue to give you insight.
Great post. Well said. Makes me want to put everything aside right now and pick up the bible, then go home and see the family. Thanks Paul