Prioritizing the Discipleship of Your Children

Prioritizing the Discipleship of Your Children

I have started reading through The Disciple-Making Parent—A Comprehensive Guidebook for Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ by Chap Bettis. I am finding it an excellent read and highly recommend it. Here is an early quote from the book that I found particularly helpful in encouraging us to setting right priorities early on in our parenting:

“Where does discipling my child fit with the other priorities?” Surrounding us are parents making superhuman sacrifices for their children’s soccer practice, hockey practice (5:00 a.m. ice time?), academic progress, and music lessons (two instruments at the same time?). We can be tempted to follow them. While we may give lip service to discipling our children, the reality comes when we start prioritizing activities.

Prioritizing the Discipleship of Your ChildrenThe apostle John expressed his heart for his spiritual children when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4). Here lies the crux of the matter: The first battleground of family discipleship is not my child’s heart; it is my heart. Each parent must decide whether he is more concerned that his child be accepted into Heaven or “Harvard.” We all have “Harvards”—those worldly successes we desire for our children, but the question remains, “Which is most important to me?” Each parent must finish the sentence “I have no greater joy than…”

I would emphasize here that the challenge of priorities is often not the good versus the bad, rather, the good versus the better. Given a finite amount of time, energy, and money, what will you choose?



Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Truth78.

One Response to “Prioritizing the Discipleship of Your Children”

  1. rey rojas December 21, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    Excellent. Many times as parents we are more concerned about what our children will be in the future than what they are now in the present tense. The Word of God tells us: Train the child in his way … God wants instruction, training and not a mere teaching.
    John Charles Ryle is quite clear in this regard: It can not be said that the subject is new. The world is old, and we have the experience of almost six thousand years to help us. We live on days when there is a great zeal for education in every room. We hear of new schools springing up everywhere. We are talking about new systems and new Books for young people, of all types and descriptions. And even for all this, the vast majority of
    Children are not manifestly trained in the way they should go, because when they grow up they do not walk with God.
    Remember that they are in the future depends on what they are now.

    We must pray for the salvation of our children every day.

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