"These words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart" (Deuteronomy 6:6). Kids spot phonies right away. My children know that their daddy isn't perfect. But none will say that their dad — or their mom — is a phony. They know we have our faults, but they know that God's Word is truly in our hearts.
God's Word must be taught creatively. Unfortunately, believers often teach by the old axiom, "You sit still while I instill." That's not the way God's Word is to be taught. The Bible is to be taught creatively, when you go in and out of the house, when you wake up in the morning, when you go to bed at night.
How do you do it? Well there certainly has to be a set time for family Bible reading. But other methods are available. My family has a wonderful time playing Bible Trivia — my granddaughter sometimes beats me! There are also other fun methods you can use to teach creatively — Bible memory, Christian music, and the like.
The Prophet Isaiah gave a method for teaching God's truth: "Precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" (Isaiah 28:10).
"Teach consistently," Isaiah said. Here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept. Stick with it day by day, and the cumulative effect is very powerful in people's lives.
That includes how we decorate our houses. "And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates" (v. 9). To teach children conspicuously, our houses should have Scriptural mottos, pictures, and other furnishings that remind our children of Jesus.
Here's good news for parents: Follow God's foundation for the family's future, and you can count on His promise for your family's future. Obey His Word in your family, and it truly will be well with you, your children, and your childre's children after you.
When we come to Him in repentance and faith, we are empowered-and expected-to live the Christian life not by trying, but by trusting. Faith is not only how we receive salvation, it is how we walk, day by day, in grace. Only by faith can we extend forgiveness to others, share God's truth, and leave a godly legacy. As the tapestry of your life unfolds, may you begin to see the wonders of living each day, moment by moment, a life of faith and forgiveness.