Andrew Linder on Teaching Your Kids the #1 Thing God Expects of Them

As a parent, your top priority is teaching your kids the one thing God expects of them. There are many characteristics that I would like to be used to describe my children – responsible, kind, generous, forgiving, etc. However, according to Scripture, there is surprisingly only one characteristic that God prioritizes as a requirement for children –obedient.

While there are many specific things that God has to say to His followers in His Word, there are very few times that God specifically addresses children by name.

But when He does, He makes it very clear what He expects of them, and it always has something to do with their relationship with (guess who?)… their parents.

Ephesians 6:1-2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right… Honor thy father and mother.

Colossians 3:20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord.

Did you know that the ONLY THINGS God ever commands children to do in all of the Bible are these two things – Obey & Honor, which is obedience in two forms – outward obedience through actions and inward obedience and respect from the heart.

If the ONE THING in all of the Bible that God commands from children is simple OBEDIENCE, shouldn’t that be a driving force of what parents should be teaching your kids?

Yet in our society today, obedience among children is not on the rise. Sadly, we’re raising a generation of parents who obey their children more than the other way around. (The Bible tells us that disobedience among children will increase as we approach the last days… 2 Tim. 3:1-2.)

So why should parents prioritize teaching your kids to obey? Very simply:

  • Because your child’s obedience to you is a reflection of their obedience to God. Children are commanded to obey their parents “in the Lord.” (Eph. 6:1)
  • Because it will prepare your child for a fruitful and successful life. The Bible promises that “it will be well” with them, and they will enjoy a longer life. (Eph. 6:2-3)
  • Because learning to obey is a part of God’s ultimate plan to save your child’s soul. Learning obedience is a part of “delivering their soul from hell.” (Prov. 23:14)

Many parents will give reminders, or rebukes, or even rewards in hopes that their children will obey, but they will not actually make their children obey. This is a very disturbing trend. Parents should not be afraid to require obedience of their children.

Not only do parents have the right from God to tell their children what to do; they also have the right from God to make them do it.

So why aren’t more parents enforcing the biblical expectation of obedience upon their children? Why aren’t parents requiring obedience of their kids, rather than giving them options to choose from? And how do parents expect their children to one day obey God as adults if they don’t first learn to obey them as children?

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Source: Church Leaders