Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 6:5) We’ve been exploring what it means to pursue righteousness in our homes and families. Last time we saw God’s instruction to Moses to keep spiritual matters before the people of Israel by having spiritual conversations (see Deuteronomy 6:5-9).
So, how do you begin having spiritual conversations with your family? You have to start where you are. Each and every day we are surrounded with opportunities to discuss spiritual things. No matter what you are talking about, make sure you involve God in your daily conversations. It may seem a little awkward at first, but it will get easier as you do it more and more.
When you see a beautiful sunrise (or sunset), talk to your kids about God’s creativity and the beauty that surrounds us every day. Whenever you confront obstacles in your life, instead of saying, “I don’t know what to do” or “What do you think we should do?” discuss what God wants you to do.
Whenever you watch a movie or something on television, these are golden
opportunities to begin important discussions. When the content involves behaviors and lifestyles that glorify God, talk to your kids about the wisdom in those choices. When sinful lifestyles are portrayed, it opens the door to discussions about wise choices and the blessings that come from obeying God.
I would also encourage you to pray with your family. Make sure prayer is a part of your family culture. Christ-honoring lives are not only about what you do, it is about who you are.
If your kids have watched mom and dad make major decisions on their knees, how do you think that will affect your kids when they have a major decision to make? They are learning from your example. What a difference it can make when your family sees you living out your faith each and every day.
Make sure you are going to church. When you’re living a Christ-centered life in a Christ-centered home, worship will be a priority not an afterthought. You decide to set aside time each week to honor the Creator and sustainer of the world.
These are just a few ideas to help get you started thinking about the teachable moments and opportunities that exist for you to start spiritual conversations that can impact the lives of your children.
Steve Greene is the lead pastor at The Point in Seymour. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.