It’s Sunday morning, and the pastor is on week one of a new parenting series. When the service is over, what are the first words that come to mind when you reflect on your parenting? Is it joy, success, contentment, excitement and thanksgiving? Or, maybe you walk out thinking, “Well, I’ve got this parenting thing down”? The truth is, it’s never too late to disciple your child.
More likely, the words that come to mind are discouragement, failure, dissatisfaction, shame, condemnation and you probably walk out thinking, “This whole parenting thing, especially discipling my kids, is just too overwhelming.”
And often, Genesis 3 rears its ugly head in conversations when the mother will tend to blame their lack of intentional family discipleship on the father and the father blames his parents for how he was (or how he was not) raised.
Not too late to disciple your child
The fact remains that discipling our children, raising them to know Jesus Christ, is the responsibility of the parents and primarily of the father (Deut. 6:4-9; 11:18-21; Ps. 78:1-8; Eph. 6:4). Fathers, we know this, it doesn’t take long for us to be in the Christian community before we hear this call.
As is often the case in the Christian life, there is a disconnect between what we believe and how we live. It’s this disconnect that has often led to dozens of conversations with fathers that say, “I just feel like it’s too late to disciple my kids.”
If you dig deeper into that statement, what’s being said is, “It’s going to be too hard to start now, and I don’t know how to do this.”
- Yes, it is hard.
- It’s going to take some work.
- There may be some lifestyle changes that need to happen.
- And yes, it will all be worth it in the end when you can stand before God knowing you gave everyt