As Christian parents, we want to introduce our kids to Jesus and see them grow in their relationship with God. One of the best ways to do that is to encourage them to read the Bible regularly. But it’s more than just having your kids read the Bible — it’s teaching them how, and where to start reading.
Why Should You Teach Your Kids How To Read the Bible?
We’re told that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
The importance of reading God’s Word is clear, and it’s certainly a habit worth passing down to our kids. So, how do we do that? Well, it’s a bit more nuanced than simply telling your child to read the Bible.Quote from
Focus on the Family
TEACHING YOUR KIDS TO READ THE BIBLE
BY BRET ECKELBERRY
As far as it goes, Focus on the Family isn’t wrong. The article has some good ideas, that are certainly usable, or can be modified to fit a given child.
It’s just that it only goes so far.
I want to cry out “Milk, not meat!” Except these are children we are talking about, and milk has its place.
But there comes a time when we must have meat.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work2 Timothy 3:16-17
Why are we going to do good works?
We serve a good Lord and God, who commands His servants to reshape the world.
We need to insure that every nation is a disciple of Christ, so truth, justice, and righteous — as well as love, joy, peace, and prosperity — naturally flows down from heaven to cover the world, top to bottom.
The Day of the Servants
We are His servants, and we are here to deliver the world to His feet.
To serve well, we must know what He wants. The more deeply we understand Him, the better our service can be.
To love Christ, we must learn and uphold His commandments.
God has the power to snap His fingers and make it happen. But His controversy with the snake is not over “who has more power”, but “who is more ethical”.
God has His servants, and Satan has his. Christ has already bound the strongman: it is our turn to complete the plunder of the House of the Snake.
That includes freeing and redeeming the people Christ has chosen, and Satan has stolen.
A Worthy Servant Points to a Worthy Master
The Kingdom can only expand as we preach God’s word. And to preach it well, and live it out well, we must know it well.
The Bible – the Truth – is our sword, our hammer (warhammer AND building hammer), our marching orders, our map, our weapon of holy conquest. The perfect Rock, precision-built for crushing the skull of a certain reptile.
Upholding and teaching the Truth is how we win.
THAT is why our children — on to thousands of generations — must know the Bible, better than the back of their hand.
For the same reason every soldier knows his rifle and spade, every officer his orders and targets.
Woe – even accursed – is every Christian parent, who sends any of God’s little ones out unarmed, unequipped, unseasoned, unaware of the hardening and increasingly bitter war all about him.
The more deeply anyone – man or boy – know their Bible, the better they know the Law, the greater their desire for Divine Supremacy, for Christ Over All…
…the more easily filled with the Holy Spirit they will be, the wiser and more canny they are, and the more victorious their life will be.
In time and on earth.
Honouring Fathers and Mothers
God has a certain place of honour for such parents: the Mary’s and Josephs, the Hannahs and the Amrams. Even if they are just a name in the Bible – Amram father of Moses is briefly mentioned fourteen times, never with much detail – that’s a better and more secure place than the names of the US Presidents will be, 300 years from now.
Or even the Kings of England, for that matter.
But the real question for you and me is, will our names be in the Book of Life.
We cannot earn our place there, not with our good works.
But raise your child well, an effective master and welder of the Word of God, and you are giving evidence of true salvation with a truly good work.
Evidence matters in the eyes of God.
Good works matter, as well.