1“Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 that you may fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Therefore hear, O Israel, and [a]be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you—‘a land flowing with milk and honey.’ 4 “Hear, O Israel: [b]The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9; NKJV)
What do we teach our children with how we live, or what we say, or what we choose not to say or do? It matters! In the above verses, God is calling us to love Him with our whole being. Jesus had similar words when he answered about which commandment was the greatest. Jesus said…“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:36-40)
Jesus also said, if we were going to love Him, we needed to follow His commandments (John 14:15) which is not different than what is being taught in Deuteronomy.
So what do we teach our children and do we understand those lessons first come to us to learn and share? We learn about and teach our children the Nature of God…that is He is True and Living. We learn about and teach our children the Character of God…that He is Love. We learn about and teach our children the Will of God…that He loves us so much that He sent His only Son to save us…that our God is concerned about our good.
We learn about our God by “knowing” Him. That isn’t a word that describes being able to pick Him out of a line up, knowing some facts, or remembering some stories. That word, “knowing”, means “to experience”. That definition implies that it is an on-going, everyday activity with Jesus and our Heavenly Father.
To “know” Him is to love Him.
To love Him is to obey Him.
That is a lifelong endeavor and in our knowing God we share our experience of Him with our children and they can then also know Him. What a great connection and what a great Person to ensure our children know.
Take some time today and really consider if you are “experiencing Jesus” today. With that in mind, think of ways you might better teach your children about Him…to introduce Him into their experience. I encourage you to find ways to help the children in your life to Know God, Love God, and Obey God.
Now that is an experience of a lifetime!