What is your family catechism? By that, I mean, what are you teaching your children about the Lord?
You see friends, we all teach our children about God, all the time.
You teach them values, morals, ethics, doctrine, and so on, and all these teach about God. Your children are always learning. Even in the fun stuff, you're teaching your children about God.
Now, you want to hear something frightening? Good, hear it is--Your values will be their values--Your morals will be their morals--Your ethics will be their ethics--And your doctrine will be their doctrine.
Ouch! I know, that stinks....or does it? If we wouldn't want our children embracing our values, then why do we embrace our values??
If we wouldn't want our children embracing our morals, then why do we embrace our morals??
If we wouldn't want our children embracing our ethics, then why do we embrace our ethics??
And if we wouldn't want our children embracing our doctrine, again, then why do we embrace our doctrine??
Are there exceptions to this, absolutely! Thank you Lord! But for the most part, our children will become who we are. So, the question is; "Who are you?" Are you someone worth becoming? Just in case you're wondering, your children are becoming you to a large degree.
That private movie stash, will be theirs one day...
Those private magazines, will be theirs one day...
Those secret relationships, will be theirs one day...
The God you serve, will be theirs one day...
Knowing this, wouldn't you want to change a few things in your life? Wouldn't you want your view of God to be so awe-inspiring that it inspires your children?
Don't you want your relationships to be honorable before the Lord, so that your children's relationships remain honorable before the Lord?
And don't you want your morals and values to be honorable before the Lord, so that your children's morals and values are honorable before the Lord?
I know I do...and I also know they haven't always been that. Were it not for God's grace and His redemptive work in my life, I, and my children, would be without hope. With His grace and redemption though, we can smile at the future, knowing that He who began a good work in us, will perfect it until the day of Christ's return!
So stand on God's grace--take a stance for your family--make some hard decisions--and forge a new future for you and your children. The more Christ-likeness you see developing in you, the more you can hope to see developing in your children. His grace is sufficient, and His gospel is beautiful. Embrace it, and pray the same for your kids!