It is a common hope amongst parents that their child will develop a strong and ever-growing relationship with Jesus.
Understanding God, His word, and His purpose in our lives can be a difficult concept to grasp for little ones.
It can also be a hard path to navigate for older children who haven’t consistently sought His guidance.
No matter your child’s age, there are still ways that you can provide guidance that will encourage them to walk in God’s grace and build a closer relationship with their faith in Him along the way.
No matter your child’s age, there are still ways that you can provide guidance that will encourage them to walk in God’s grace and build a closer relationship with their faith in Him along the way. Click To Tweet
How to Teach Your Children about Jesus (at any age)
With Infants and Toddlers
● Talk to God with your kids from the start.
Getting your child into the habit of speaking with God at an early age is crucial to introducing faith into their lives.
This can be uncomfortable for some later on in life, as God does not have a concrete, physical form of which to speak to. It takes a great deal of faith to believe that He is listening and guiding us.
Familiarize your child with the practice of being in conversation with God.
Demonstrate that He is more than someone you solely pray to or ask for help from in a
time of need, but rather a friend you can rely on throughout the day.
● Find creative ways to approach Bible study.
Sitting down and analyzing the Bible can be an overwhelming task for adults let alone a two-year-old child.
This doesn’t mean, however, that you should put the Bible back on your bookshelf until your child is of a certain age. There are many alternatives to traditional Bible study that will introduce important stories and concepts found in the Holy Book in a captivating way!
Engage your child using visual entertainment by streaming a movie.
There are so many Christian movies to choose from that can expose them to faith and God’s word in a fun way. If you’re looking to break up screentime, alternate between movies and reading. There are great titles written specifically for infants and toddlers that focus on the Bible!
With Young Children (Ages 5-11)
● Lead by example.
This is the time in your child’s life where much of what they learn is through observation.
As the leading individual in their life, there is a good chance they are looking to you for guidance. Have regular conversations about faith, openly sharing with them your moral values and relationship with God.
Explain your interpretation of faith, God’s word, and why you believe He is in your life. This will provide your child with information to mull over and ultimately use as the foundation for their own development of beliefs.
● Pray as a family.
Take advantage of your child’s growing relationship with God by making it a family endeavor.
Building your family’s relationship with faith will serve as another form of guidance for your child, motivating them to continuously walk in God’s grace because you do. It is important to physically demonstrate your relationship with God.
Be intentional about speaking to God in front of them, getting involved at church, or
praying every night. If they have difficulty making prayer a regular part of their routine,
carve out time each day to reconnect as a family and do it together.
Pre-teens and Young Adults
● Count their blessings.
Recognizing the ways in which God has enhanced our life for the better is a great way of building our relationship with Him. This is especially important for young adults, who begin to feel the pressures of adolescence.
Encouraging them to seek out the positives in their everyday life will provide them the strength to remain resilient in the face of sadness, anger, and peer pressure.
Each day, sit with your child and help them identify all of the different ways they are blessed. This will help build a positive perspective that they can use in their daily routine.
● Go on mission trips.
Mission trips or youth conferences are fun ways for your child to connect with others developing their faith. Further, they can learn how they can apply their faith in a constructive way that gives back.
In addition, these spiritually challenging experiences can help your child better understand their faith as they embark on adulthood, and recognize the ways in which they can become a better follower of God.
These spiritually challenging experiences can help your child better understand their faith as they embark on adulthood, and recognize the ways in which they can become a better follower of God. Click To Tweet
What do you do to help foster spiritual interest and spiritual growth in your home?
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