Teach the Children

Ericka Loynes

Read: Deuteronomy 6:1-12

You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them . . . (v. 7)

Depending on their church tradition, Christian parents usually choose to baptize or publicly dedicate their babies to the Lord. Infant baptisms and baby dedications have differences, but they have this in common: they are public declarations in front of family, friends, and a church community that signifies the parents’ commitment to rearing their babies in the knowledge of the Lord. The church community, in turn, commits to supporting the parents in this calling.

Before the Israelites take possession of their promised land, God gives them two directives: love him and teach the children about him. Because Abraham obeyed and feared God, God promised to bless Abraham’s offspring with an abundant land (Gen. 22:17-19). The key to God’s favor is obedience. Without unwavering commitment to his standards, the Israelites can leave themselves and their children open to contrary thinking, which could influence them once again to turn away from God’s commandments (Exod. 32:8).

A baptism or dedication service is a beautiful way to show God we intend to raise godly children. But just as important, if not more so, is teaching them about his character, sacrifice, and commandments. Let’s commit to teaching our children how to love God with every part of their being (Matt. 22:37), so we can raise up generations who always remember to love, revere, and live for him (Prov. 22:6). —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, praise God for the testimonies you are able to share.