I know you would agree with me that as Christian parents, one of our family goals is to raise Godly children…
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
As parents, we all want the best for our children. We hope and pray for them to grow up and become women and men of God that are successful, healthy, and they live to an old age. We know our desired outcome but how do we get them there?
Tip to Raise Godly Children: Train Your Children
When reading the verse I wondered how do I raise Godly children and train my child? What does train me? So I decided to look at the meaning in Hebrew. Going to the Hebrew or Greek definition of a word gives clarity to the meaning and context of the word. The Hebrew meaning of the word train is to dedicate, to initiate, discipline.
This gives a clearer understanding of how to train a child in the way they should go. What stuck out to me was the word initiate. Initiate has two meanings, one is to start off and the second is to admit someone into a group, typically with a ritual. As parents, we initiate our children in the things of God.
We start them off in life on the path they should go for the rest of their lives. The first contact they have God is through their parents. We have to teach them how to cultivate a relationship with God. They are off to a good start in life if we teach them godliness.
Initiating Your Child to the Lord Through Ritual
The second definition of initiate is very interesting: to admit someone into a group typically with a ritual. It got me thinking, we really do admit our children into a group. We bring them up with our beliefs, practices, and worldview. Growing up going to church, prayer meetings and bible studies will be normal. We bring them up to be Christians, followers of Christ. As believers, we are in the world and not of it, separated to do the will of God. This group is literally the most important group that anyone can be a part of. This group is of salvation, purpose, identity, joy, power, and fulfillment of the soul. Noah and his family took part in the group of God and were the only ones saved in the worldwide flood.
How do our children typically enter into this group? The ritual is presenting the child before the Lord. Typically, parents present their children to the Lord in church. This is based on the text that Jesus says suffer the little children to come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom as well as 1 Samuel chapter one when Hanna prays for a child and dedicates him to the Lord. Hanna had asked the Lord for a child and in return, the child would be for him forever. Hanna had a son and named him Samuel. Samuel was then brought up with Eli the high priest to serve in the temple.
How are you raising your children? Are you training them by dedicating, to initiating, disciplining them in the things of God? Has this post given you ideas of how to train your child? If so please comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!