If you want to see your children come to know the Lord, you have a golden opportunity before you, my precious sisters.
There is no greater convincing proof of the power of the Gospel of Jesus to transform lives than the godly example of someone who is Spirit-filled in the middle of a difficult trial.
But no matter what season it may be in life, there are always solid ways to share Jesus with our precious children (and others in our lives).
9 Powerful Ways to Share the Gospel with Your Children
- Explain the gospel in your own words in age-appropriate ways your kids can understand every so often. One of the easiest methods is the ABC’s of Salvation, but there are many ways to share. (I’ll share it at the end of this post.)
- Memorize Bible verses together about the truth of the Gospel and about God. Make the Bible a priority as the foundation for your lives and the only source of absolute truth. Hide the Word of God in your heart and help your children to do the same. The Spirit will help them to remember those verses later in life when they need them.
- Talk about God frequently in everyday conversation when something comes up about death, heaven, nature, relationships, or other important topics. Teach them His truth diligently. When you hear lies from the world, talk about what is wrong with them and what God’s Word says. Be sure you are studying God’s Word for yourself so that you have truth, wisdom, and God’s perspective to share with your children. (Deut. 6:1-9)
- Teach your kids songs about Jesus and the Gospel and let them listen to music that explains the Gospel and praises God (Eph. 5:19). Make it a habit to sing praises together to God in the car, when on a walk, or at home. There are CDs that put Scripture to music. I also love a lot of the LifeWay VBS songs about God and salvation. (You can Google them.)
- Pray with your kids and for your kids. Take time to pray for the needs your children have currently, and for God’s protection over them, for their hearts to be drawn to Christ, and for their spiritual growth, as well as for godly friends and spouses one day. Bring everyday needs, big and small, to the Lord in prayer with your children. (Phil. 4:6-7) Model praying for them out loud so they get comfortable with prayer. Be sure to include praises to God, thanksgiving, repentance, petitions for yourself, requests for others.
- Take your kids to a Bible-teaching church where the message of God’s Word can be reinforced (when there is not a quarantine). Being around godly teachers, biblical preaching, biblical teaching, and other strong believers in Christ helps your kids grow spiritually. (Heb. 10:24-25)
- Love your kids. If you speak lots of eloquent words but don’t have love, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says you are just a clanging gong or noisy cymbal. Jesus says that men will know us by our love for others. Love on your kids with God’s 1 Cor. 13:4-8 kind of divine agape love. Be affectionate with them. Listen to them. Be patient. Give grace. But also give proper correction with right motives so that you are training your children in righteousness and holiness. Ignoring sin is not a loving gift, it is harmful. Love does no harm (Rom. 12:10) Speak the truth in love. Nurture them well. Care about their precious souls. See them with God’s eyes. Seek to honor the Lord in the way you think, speak, and act toward them.
- Love and honor their dad. God designed marriage to be a picture of the Gospel where the husband is to represent the selfless love, leadership, and sacrifice of Christ for the church. He helps the kids understand what God is like, that is His job. The wife represents the adoration, respect, devotion, and love of the church for Jesus. When your children see your genuine respect, honor, and cooperation with your husband’s leadership, they receive a really important puzzle piece to help them understand how to properly relate to God. You and your husband don’t have to be perfect. Your husband doesn’t even have to be on board for you to be able to make a difference in their lives. But if you are honoring the Lord and honoring your husband according to God’s design, your children will be primed and so much more ready for the Gospel. (Eph. 5:22-33, Titus 2:3-5)
- Live the Gospel message in front of them! If you do all of the first 6 things, but you don’t live for Christ yourself, kids see right through that. You don’t have to be perfect! I promise! The key is love for God and love for people. Kids are always watching and they are quick to sniff out hypocrisy. They know if you are a woman of fervent prayer, deep faith, and love who cherishes the Bible by the fruit of your life and the priorities you make each day. If they realize that what you say doesn’t match what you live, they are a lot more likely to discard church, the Bible, and the gospel. But if they see the supernatural power of God changing you and helping you grow more and more over time, they will never forget that, and they will be drawn to Jesus, themselves.
When Jesus is your greatest Treasure and priority in life and you love Him more than anything or anyone, your life will be different. Your love will be different. You will have the power of God to interact in healthy ways, rather than dysfunctional ways.
I talk about how to put your spiritual “oxygen mask” on first in The Peaceful Mom book. You can’t give away what you don’t have!
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.Prov. 22:6
Trials and Difficulties Showcase the Gospel
Most people will react to economic, health, or other trials by panicking, stressing out, and getting upset. They react in fear, and, unfortunately, when people make fear-based decisions, they tend to act destructively.
But when you have the supernatural power, peace, joy, and presence of Jesus flaming in your own soul, you respond in the power of His Spirit. You react with His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. You can have faith instead of being paralyzed by fear.
When your children see you humbly ask for forgiveness when you mess up, when they see you respond with kindness when you are running late, when they see you beaming with the radiant joy of Christ, and when they see you not freaking out when things are hard—they see the Gospel in you.
Again, it is not that you have to be the perfect woman, wife, and mom. This isn’t about perfection. We won’t be completely perfect until heaven. But when you are yielded to the Lordship of Jesus and allow Him to change and control your life, His love and power will pour through you and your children will see Jesus in you in miraculous ways.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Matt. 19:14
Pray with Me
Please help us use each day to love You and love others. Help us see what really matters in light of eternity and let go of things that won’t be a big deal in the end. Transform us by Your love and power and pour out Your incredible love and Gospel through us to everyone around us.
Be glorified in each of our homes and lives. We trust You and invite You to do exceedingly more than we could ask for or imagine.
The ABC’s of Salvation
- A = Admit you are a sinner and you can’t be perfect and holy enough in God’s eyes to be right with Him on your own. Turn away from your sin to God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23
- B = Believe that Jesus died on your behalf to pay the price for your sin and to give you a way to be right with God – to be forgiven. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Rom. 6:23
- C = Confess that Jesus is your Lord – this means, Jesus is now your Master and you live your life for Him and His glory rather than for yourself. You say it out loud to others and you live it from now on. “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.” Rom. 10:9-10
What are some ways you have found to share the gospel with your family? We’d love to hear about it!
Any resources you would recommend?