Reason Number 1: To help them better understand who Jesus is.
If we want our children to understand who Jesus is, we must point them to his perfect character. He is, after all, our perfect example of every character quality. Stop and think about it:
He displayed hospitality in feeding the five thousand. He felt sorry for them because they had traveled a long way and had no food.
He showed self-control in the Garden of Gethsemane. Not my will but Thine, he prayed. Even though he knew the agony he was facing.
He portrayed meekness before Pilate, submitting to unrighteous judgment from a man whom He could have blasted into oblivion with just a word.
He was a model of determination as He set His face steadfastly to go to Jerusalem knowing what awaited him there.
He showed flexibility as he interrupted his mission to heal Jairus’ daughter to minister to a woman with an issue of blood.
He displayed orderliness in dividing a crowd up into groups of fifty and a hundred, boldness in confronting the Pharisees and availability in taking time to bless little children brought to him in the middle of a busy time of ministry.
Are you teaching your children to admire the many facets of the Lord’s character? Are you learning to think in terms of character qualities as you work to train up godly young people? What helps have you found in doing it? ~ Marilyn