If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a bunch of times (if not the exact words, than the concept). My Pastor really wants me to get the message behind Amy’s recent post in response to how to instill character in your children. It’s something that I’m seeing in my life. You think that you can control everything through discipline and rules, but you continue to see that the key is not so much in them, but in yourself.
Going back to the Old Testament, you can see that God gave 600+ laws to the children of Israel, but that failed to keep them on the right path– God had to constantly correct them. He gave them plenty of guidelines and rules about how He wanted to be worshipped and what right living looked like. It didn’t work, did it.
We as parents can get sucked into the trap of thinking that rules and discipline can get our child to do what’s right– and then we wonder when they grow up why they rebel and why they don’t seem to have that passion for God.
What’s the secret? Our example. If we truly love the Lord, do we show it? If we have a passion for sports, it gets into every conversation– shouldn’t the same be said about our God? Or is He just something we do on Sundays?
One of the most important lessons of the New Testament is that it was not enough to do the law– if that were possible. It has to be a heart changed by believing on Christ. It’s the Holy Spirit coming to dwell in the person. It’s the beginning of a relationship with the Lord of the Universe.
If we live a change heart– if we get the “veritcal” correct– then our children will grow up wanting that passion for God. I would dare say that those around us would see it and want it too. Living out our faith is a far more powerful tool than we care to acknowledge– because it is impossible without His power.