Awhile back, I was challenged to be teaching my children more of the Bible deliberately.
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (II Timothy 3:15).
We do a lot of incidental talking about Scriptures, but those tend to be the same twenty scriptures over and over again (being kind, preferring others, and obeying parents come to mind quickly!). Paul seems to be talking about a broader understanding of scripture that leads to salvation, not merely good behavior. Now, in the evenings, Lee would like to go through the Bible chronologically with our children for this purpose.
Given that in Timothy’s case, his spiritual instruction seems to be from his mother and grandmother as well as others, a few months ago I started reading the gospels to them. We’ve been reading at breakfast, and I’m reading one section at a time (sometimes I’ll read more if they’re interested). I’ve been pleased to see them interested and answering questions, even after their breakfast is finished. I’m encouraged because when I started talking about spiritual things at breakfast and my children were younger, I was usually met with blank stares and indifference. I still think reading to them was a good thing thing do, but it surely is pleasant to get a positive response. (Much better than, “Mom, can we stop now?”)
I’m not reading for their academic benefit. I want them to understand the gospel.
How is God’s Word changing what you think or do this week?