“See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1
Kids today are bombarded with messages about their identity. While culture points to things such as race and gender, God points to our relationship with Him. You see, a believer’s identity is based solely on being a child of God, regardless of any other factor. So, how can you help your child identify as a Christian above all else?
Start by having spiritual conversations with your kids; because the world is definitely having conversations with them. When you teach children the authority of God’s Word you help them develop a big view of God. They learn that God is in control, regardless of how chaotic the world seems to be.
Be careful to approach this task as a disciple-maker, not a dictator. Jesus is our example. He walked His disciples through their doubts. Was it frustrating? Yes! Sometimes it was downright infuriating. Yet, Jesus never lost control. He was compassionate, confident, and consistent.
Every child needs to know:
- They are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13–14)
- They are greatly loved by God (1 John 3:1)
- God already has a plan for them (Jeremiah 29:11; Ephesians 2:10)
- They are never alone (Deuteronomy 31:8)
As a parent, it’s your job to teach them what God has said in order to prepare them for what God has planned. But you can’t just tell your kids what the Bible says; you also need to show them what it looks like. Jesus not only taught His disciples God’s Word, He showed them God’s Word in His attitudes and actions. He demonstrated the godly behavior He desired in them. Kids need to see Christianity in action. They need to see love and forgiveness lived out at home.
Do you want your child to identify as a Christian above all else? Then remember, identity and purpose always go hand-in-hand. Worldly self-esteem comes through cultural acceptance. Only God gives purpose, direction, and identity. So teach your kids the authority of God’s Word by what you say and do. As a result, you’ll empower them to be agents of change as confident children of God.