God’s Process for Making Kids Grow

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“The Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.(1 Corinthians 3:5-6)

Only God can cause someone to grow in Christ. Yet, he has assigned essential tasks to both the home (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) and the church (Acts 2:42-47) to contribute to his process for growth.

The Home

No one has more potential to influence a child’s faith than mom and dad. This doesn’t require parents to be perfect or to hold a family church service in their home each day. But it does call for consistent planting and watering. There are lots of simple ways to impress (Deuteronomy 6:7) the things of God on your children at home. Even 2-3 times a week will make a big difference. Natasha Crain provides some great ideas for doing this on her blog.

The Church

Scripture teaches us that every Christian is a part of Christ’s body, the church (Romans 12:4-5). No body part can survive separated from the body. And no Christian can grow apart from the body of Christ (John 15:5). For children to grow in genuine faith, they need to be firmly connected to the church.

Unfortunately, the average child’s attendance rate at church is just 1-2 times a month. That’s not enough to grow on. Nor is it sufficient to counter the countless hours of media and screen time children consume each month. And we wonder why over half of all kids “raised in the church” are walking away from their faith when they leave home. Are you and your children securely fixed to the main body of Christ?

God knows how to grow his children. Make sure they don’t miss out on the planting and watering that he has assigned.

Blessings,

Dave

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