God does want us to teach our children. So, what does God say I need to teach my children? Children are precious gifts from God! He has given us such a blessing with them, and with that blessing is also a responsibility. God tells us that we are to teach our children. Did you know that? Fortunately, He also tells us what we should teach them and how.
Through Moses, God gives instructions about teaching our children.
Notice, as you read, he does not say the Sunday school teacher, pastor, or children's minister is to teach your children, but instead that parents are to teach their children certain things.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-8, ESV
So What Do These Scriptures Say We Are to Teach Our Children?
1. Teach them who God is.
There are so many names and characteristics of God we can teach our children. We can and should tell our children about the amazing things God has done throughout history as well as in our own lives.
In my book, Training Them Wisely: discipling kids, you will find a list of God's names you can teach your kids.
2. Teach them to Love God.
Studying who God is can help us love Him more. Our love for Him grows as we learn more about Him. We want to help our children love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Teach them to spend time in the Scriptures and in prayer. Any relationship needs time to develop, and we want our kids to spend time with Him daily.
3. Teach them to obey.
Obeying God shows that we love Him. We don't want our kids to follow their hearts, speak their truth, or just do what feels right. We want them to know that there is a moral absolute and it is found in His Word.
We need to teach our kids to find their answers in the Bible. We want them to know their Bible so well that they can not be deceived by false teachings that surround them at school, through entertainment, and social media.
4. Teach them to memorize Scripture.
I try to get as much Scripture into my children's hearts as I can from a young age. When young, it is so easy for them to remember verses. Even if they do not fully understand what the Scripture says, they will remember it as they get older and come to a deeper understanding of it.
5. Teach them in a variety of ways and at various times.
In these verses, we are told to diligently teach our children. No one else loves your children or knows them like you do. Parents can have such a strong influence on our children.
How can you spend time daily teaching your kids?