When choosing to homeschool, one of the privileges we received was to give our children an education that is Christian in nature. Honestly, as a parent who is home with my kids everyday, I am without excuse if I don’t lay the word of God before my children. The true nature of a Christian education is one that can be filtered through the ultimate standard of truth. Augustine said, “but let every good and true Christian understand that wherever truth may be found, it belongs to his Master”. So in essence it can be said that all truth is God’s truth. Therefore, my children will only be able to accept or reject ideas on the basis of whether or not it aligns with truth, the truth that can be found in the Word of God; therefore it is my responsibility to present my children with God’s truth.
As much as it is my responsibility to present them with the Word of God, it is not my responsibility to make them love the word of God. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The natural man does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God. For they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” True love for the Word of God and a desire to hear the things of God can only come from God himself. Christ must set His love upon my children for them to desire the word of God .
Recently we have been memorize the parable of the four soils as a family, as I meditate on this I am reminded that I can not be sure which soil my child is. Is he the path on which the seed is sown and then snatched away? Is he the rocky ground on which the seed may appear to produce much joy, but as he approaches troubles in his life will he fall away? Is he the soil with thorns on which the plant begins to sprout but is then choked out by the things of this world and then proves to be unfruitful ? Or will he be the seed that will produce much fruit? Ultimately it is no my job to spend much time trying to figure this out, it is just my job to faithfully present the word of God.
What you do notice about the four soils is that the word of God goes forth to all of them. In Deuteronomy God commands the Israelites to make the word of God central to their lives and conversations with their children.
Deuteronomy 11:18-20 “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontal on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
In Isaiah God tells us that his word will accomplish His purpose as it goes out.
Isaiah 55:11 “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
Hebrews 1:12 tells us that the word of the Lord is living and active.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
After Jesus explains the parable of the four soils, He then goes on to talk about what his kingdom is like. He tells a parable of the wheat and the weeds growing together. He says that this is his plan until the end of time, it is not our job to separate the wheat and the weeds. At the end the weeds will be burned and the wheat will be gathered into his barn. Continuing with this thought, in 1 Corinthians 7 verse 14, Paul encourages a believing spouse to remain married to a willing unbelieving spouse, for this extends a kind of common grace unto the spouse and children that makes them holy or sets the apart.
As my children are in our home I believe they have a common grace. A grace that is extended to them as they get to grow up in Kingdom of God. They get to hear the word and receive protection like the bird that nests in its shade. They get to know what ultimate truth, righteousness, and beauty is and reject ideas that do not line up. I do not believe this is going to save my child or even make them love the word of God and Jesus Christ. I can not get upset if my child does not seem thrilled about their daily Bible lesson or chooses to space out in church. Ultimately I can just pray. I can pray that God would open their heart to receiving His word and that they would receive the Holy Spirit and desire the word of God. I will continue to train my children by pointing them to Christ and teaching them truth, but I will never be impressed by their ability to excel at Bible trivia or act like a Christian. My heart will truly rejoice on the day I see them abiding in Christ, desiring his word, and walking with Him as their Savior and Friend.