We must teach our children to dedicate their lives to Christ in true thankfulness, surrendering their lives to Him and walking in obedience to Him. This is the scriptural definition of a holy life. Sanctification is the process of becoming ever more set apart from sin and devoted to the service of Christ. We will never be completely sanctified this side of heaven, but we must strive for this goal and progress toward it.
As we teach these things, we should pray for our children what the apostle Paul prayed for the Colossians: "For this cause we . . . do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God" (Col. 1:9–10).
This excerpt is taken from Parenting By God's Promises by Joel Beeke.
- Teach Them: Who God Is and What He Is Like
- Teach Them: The Seriousness of Sin
- Teach Them: About Hell
- Teach Them: The Moral Law
- Teach Them: The Necessity of the New Birth
- Teach Them: The Lord Jesus Christ
- Teach Them: The Atoning Blood of Christ
- Teach Them: The Necessity of Faith in Christ
- Teach Them: Sanctification and Holiness