I'm over at For The Family today talking about Spurgeon's sermon on how to feed our little sheep. He has been such a great teacher and blessing in my life.
When I found out that we were expecting our first child I started planning out all the books I would read on parenting and discipleship, as well as all the wonderful children’s books I was going to read to my little girl. But I find planning things always much easier than actually carrying them out. While I do read stories to my children as well as children’s Bibles, I have always struggled with the best way to shepherd my kids.
So, how do we disciple our children? What are some guidelines? I recently read a sermon by Charles Spurgeon called “Feeding Your Little Sheep” which was such an encouragement to me as I try to figure out how to disciple my four kids. Following is a small summary as well as my thoughts.
If you are going to feed your little sheep you must:
1. Feed Yourself
Children learn the most from their parents. While reading books to them is great, we must be able to give scripturally sound answers to everyday situations and questions. If we are not learning ourselves, we won’t have any Biblical wisdom to pass on to our kids. We need to be listening to sermons, reading solid Christian authors, and digging into our Bibles. It’s when the fruit of the knowledge of God is growing in our lives that we have something to feed our children.
I commend to you the study of instructive books, but above all I commend the study of Christ. Let him be your library. — Charles Spurgeon
Make sure that you are examining your heart to make sure you are not being a hypocrite while you are teaching your children. You must believe what you tell them to believe, and you must practice what you tell them to practice. While no one is perfect, our children need to see that we are trying.