3 Ways to Point Your Kids to Jesus

Katie Orr

Oh say can you see…

Are you singing it yet? You’ll have the Star Spangled Banner in your head all day now.

You’re welcome.

There is incredible power in the repetition of words. It is why we will never forget the Pledge of Allegiance or the words to Ice Ice Baby. (Or maybe that’s just me…)

There are words contained in Deuteronomy 6:4-9, known as the Shemah, that were of great importance to the ancient Hebrews. It was their core prayer, a statement of identity, and one of the first sections of the Bible that jewish children learned. So, when a Hebrew heard “Hear O Isreal…” they would immediately recall the truths about God that had been ingrained in their memory from childhood.

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4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9

This Shemah has much to teach us today. It points to how we may also never forget what is most important, and what we are to teach to our own children.

1. Love God and Love His Word (vv. 5-6)

I cannot impart something I don’t possess. If I want my kids to have an intimate, thriving relationship with God, I must make it a priority in my own life. God must be the center of my life. Not my career. Not my dress size. Not even my children.

My heart, soul, and might must be God-centric and when they are not (because my heart so easily wanders) I must stir up my affections for Jesus. Spend time in the Bible. Stay connected to a local church. Worship God with my lifestyle. And let my kids see me at it.

Do one thing to do today to help you towards intimacy with God. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Start a Bible reading plan.
  • Get back into a local church.
  • Grab a journal and write out a prayer to God.

2. Talk about God with Your Children (v. 7)

There is a popular quote out there by St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times; use words when necessary.” While I understand the heart behind his thinking, too many Christians today stand behind quotes like this and believe that others will come to faith in God solely by observing the lives of those who follow Him.

I disagree.

Sharing the Gospel with my kids cannot be haphazard. They will not learn about Jesus by osmosis. I must be specific and steadfast. Just like the text itself tells us, I must talk about Jesus when I sit in my house. I must point out the hand of God as we walk on our way. I am to give them Jesus at bedtime and Jesus at breakfast.

The command here in Scripture is to give every opportunity we can to tell our kids about Jesus. Here are a few ideas to try this week:

  • On the way home from church, ask your kids what they learned while they were there.
  • Share something with your kids about what you’ve learned through the Bible recently.
  • Point out something beautiful in nature and mention how glad you are God gives us such gifts.

3. Create Reminders and Rhythms (vv. 8-9)

Life is busy. Distractions abound. And it is all-too-easy to forget about the spiritual health of my children. Having a time and a place to intentionally build into the spiritual health of my children makes for natural, easy ways to share about God.

Mealtimes are often a great time to talk about God and learn His Word with my kids. We’ve memorized verses together, just by reviewing it over the breakfast table several days a week.

Our driving time in the car is one of my favorite ways to remind us of God’s Word. Seeds Family Worship, and the audio version of The Jesus Storybook Bible are some of our favorites. (affiliate links present)

Pick one thing to implement this week:

  • If you don’t already, pray together before each meal.
  • Look for a “time and a place” in the rhythm of your day — breakfast, bedtime, after school — where you can begin to engage in God’s Word together with your kids.
  • Post Scripture up around the house as a reminder of God’s love for us.

Leave a comment and share with us one thing you will implement this week.

In the next post of this How to Share the Gospel series, we’ll look at the nitty-gritty of WHAT to communicate to your children when sharing the Gospel with them.


About Katie 

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Grace-clinger. Truth-speaker. Pastor’s wife. Mommy of three. Auburn fan. Loves to equip others to walk with the Lord for a lifetime.

Learn more about Katie on her website KatieOrr.me. Follow her on Twitter.

Comments

  1. Thanks, Katie. I do most of these things, but you have a few different ideas that I want to be more intentional about doing!

  2. Amy Martin says:

    Love these verses too! Thx for sharing! Your post reminds me of our children’s curriculum that we use at church – it gives the parents ideas for applying what they’re learning at different times of the day – “drive time, meal time, play time and bed time”! LOVE IT!

  3. Kimberly says:

    thanks for the reminder. :) we read the bible every morning and memorize the “truthscripts” bible verses from the Awana program (available on line to anyone) as a family.
    We have had a foreign exchange student in our family this year and I can tell you that purpose is important. and unusual to many. She has said multiple times that we “talk about God all the time! ” :) I am not sure she meant it to be a compliment (“even your music is God!”) but it sure was to me.
    I told her “Jesus is my greatest treasure, how could I not share him with you.” I pray she finds him, too!

  4. The Sh’mah is not only of importance to “ancient Hebrews.” It is part of the core belief of Jews to this day. We say it multiple times every day in our prayers and we say it with our children at bedtime.

  5. Alright stop…collaborate and listen. :) I too remember that song even after all these years. But what you say is so true, we learn from repitition, and our kids are no different. Thanks for the reminder to be intentional about sharing God’s word with our little ones. More often than I’d like to admit, I fall into the trap of thinking they’re too young. But I only have to listen to them recite entire scenes from Disney flicks or theme songs from t.v. Shows to know that’s such a lie.

  6. I bought Jesus Calling for Kids to read at dinner time… yet I haven’t done it. I am going to start reading it with them at breakfast, before school, starting our day of right.

  7. Heather says:

    I really love your blog and have been greatly impacted by your ideas and can’t wait implement them with my own kids!

  8. we are doing a “discovering God” group with our family once a week. It can be adjusted for any age group and you can use any passage of the bible with it-its been great for us!

  9. Wonderful post! Although I still don’t have kids, we have 2 adorable twin nieces and these tips will surely help me and other moms out there,. :)

  10. Rebecca Burns says:

    I just found your blog and I really like your insight and information. Thank you!
    I have just found God’s grace again after many years. My fiance is just now finding God and we want to teach our kids as well. I have been invited to a new church on Sunday. This will be my first time back to church since I was a teenager.
    I decided that scripture will be read in my house and I will post a new scripture daily on the white board on my fridge. I am only playing gospel music during the day as well.

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