Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Advice on Leading Your Children to Christ by Matt Chandler

I came across an extended article and interview with Matt Chandler today that was a real blessing to my heart. You would do well to check it out. In the article, he was asked the question, "Have you made a conscious effort to lead your children to Jesus Christ?" His answer was, "Oh, absolutely. From the second they were born." That lead to the question of "How?" This was his helpful answer:
"Several ways. One, we have actively prayed for each of them by name before the Lord, asking for God to save them, to draw their hearts to him. We do a family devotional five nights a week together. It's 15-20 minutes, it's usually very chaotic, you just have to trust that the Lord's using it. A friend just told me one time, 'You just have to do it, man. If you wait till everybody can do it, it's never gonna happen.' So sometimes that's just us reading a book and talking about it. Sometimes that's just us reading the Bible together, but right now we'll read the Bible for five minutes, and then we've been reading a chapter from C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, and we're in Book Two right now, and we did Chapter Three last night. We've got a big hardback edition that's got great pictures. The thing that I've always wanted to be real careful about is that I don't want them to say they're Christians because Mom and Dad are Christians. I don't want them to sign on as a family heritage; I want them to really have affection for Jesus. So in regard to making that decision for Christ, I have not brought that up with any of my children. I have simply tried to point them to Jesus. And I could be making a horrible error, but it's been my experience here at The Village that a lot of kids said they become Christians when they were 5, 6, 7 years old, because that's what Mom and Dad wanted. So I've let it be known, it's very much what Daddy wants. It's very much what Mommy wants. But that it needs to be their decision, and their mom and dad's love for them is not predicated on that decision, that they need to own that, and that Dad very much wants for them to love Jesus like Dad loves Jesus but not to love Jesus because Dad loves Jesus. We try to make that as clear as possible."
That's a helpful answer. What are you doing to help lead your children to Christ?

You can read the rest of the article HERE.

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