As parents, we long for the day when our kids will receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but we must remember that leading our kids to Christ involves so much more than having them recite a simple prayer.
So often our children desire to please us. Many children pray a prayer because they think it’s what their parents want them to do or because it is what’s expected of them. This doesn’t, of course, mean that we shouldn’t lead our children in prayer or have them pray with us to acknowledge Jesus as their Savior.
However, as parents, we must do our best to prayerfully and wisely discern the state of our children’s hearts. I so want my kids to understand the Gospel and commit their lives to Christ. I want their conversion to be genuine and lasting, not simply a prayer to please me.
Mere knowledge will not save our kids.
Yes, we need to teach our kids the truth of God’s Word and encourage them to walk rightly before God, but a change in outward behavior does not guarantee an inner heart change.
In the same way, professing our faith — saying a prayer, reciting words, or saying you believe — is not the same as a conversion of our hearts — true change and a difference in the way we live!
So how do we share the Gospel with our kid? How do we lead our kids to Jesus?
First, pin this post or bookmark it so you can return to it. In the weeks to come, we will be adding other helpful resources, ideas, and ways to encourage you as you share the gospel with your kids.
Then watch this video of David Platt as he shares about our role as parents in sharing the gospel with children. (Don’t miss this video. It is about 11 minutes long, but it is so helpful!)