By REV. LUNA DINGAYAN
“Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you that whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” — Mark 10:14-15
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Christian education in the home, church, and school
Now, the next question that confronts us today is how are we to give our children Christian education and nurture? How are we to bring our children to Jesus Christ our Lord so that he may touch them and bless them?
Since our children belong to God, they should receive a Christian education in the home, in the church, and in the school. I would like to think of the home, the church, and the school as the three legs of a tripod. As we know, all the three legs of a tripod are necessary to hold up a camera, a video-cam, a telescope, a surveyor’s transit, or whatever. Without one of the legs the whole business falls down. Likewise with Christian education and nurture in the home, in the church, and in the school. All three must work and stand together or the whole business comes crashing down.
And so, first and foremost, we do realize that the most important element of Christian education and nurture takes place in the Christian home. The Christian education and nurture received in the home is the basis for any education and nurture received in the church or in the school. If the home does not do its job, if the parents do not teach about Jesus Christ our Lord in the home, the efforts of the church and the school in this area will fall by the wayside. All Christian education and nurture must begin in the home. No parents can ever escape this responsibility and leave it to the church and the school.
Now, what form does Christian education and nurture takes in the home? It is our responsibility as parents to sit down with our children and explain to them God’s Word, that they belong to God and that Jesus Christ our Lord loves them. It is our responsibility as parents to tell our children that they are part of the Kingdom of God and that Jesus Christ our Lord wants to touch them in order to bless them.
Of course, telling our children about these things is not enough. We must also show them. We parents must be examples to our children of what a child of God really is. Our deeds, our character, our habits usually have a far greater influence on our children than our words.
Also, in a Christian home there should be much prayer for and with the children. This reminds us of Susannah Wesley, the mother of Charles and John Wesley. Charles Wesley was the writer of a thousand hymns that are now included in our Protestant Evangelical hymnals. His brother John Wesley was a famous evangelist, the founder of the Methodist churches. Their mother Susannah would spend one hour each day praying for her 17 children. In addition, she would take each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters. No wonder, two of her sons were mightily used by God to bring blessings to people all over the world.
We do hope every family will examine their home life to make sure there is Christian education and nurture in their home. We do hope that every family will make sure their children are being brought to Jesus Christ our Lord so that he may touch and bless them.
Moreover, Christian education and nurture should also take place in the church. In the church, the children must also be brought to Jesus so that he may touch them. And, once again, this must be done because our children belong to the Lord. This means that children ought to attend weekly worship services. It also means that the church ought to offer excellent church-school programs as well as various youth groups and activities in which our children and youth are taught and study our doctrines about Christ and our salvation.
Finally, Christian education and nurture should also take place in the school. A school is a Christian school if it is a school where the Lord Jesus Christ is openly honored and served. We are all encouraged to consider a Christian school and even a Christian college education for our children and youth.
Deuteronomy chapter 6 tells us that as parents we have the responsibility to teach our children the ways of the Lord in all places and at all times, not only in the homes and in the churches, but also in the schools.
May we listen once again to the words of Jesus Christ our Lord when he said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”(v.16).# nordis.net