Parents, your children are your primary disciples

Parents, you have disciples. Primary and secondary ones. Your children are your primary disciples. Here are some excerpts from an article by Pastor James Uglum that crystalize these truths.

The kids that God has entrusted to you are your primary disciples. As Christian parents we have the privilege of not simply making disciples, but raising them. And that is both a joyous task and a heavy one. Simply “going to church” each week for one hour won’t cut it. Having your kids baptized and then never darkening the doors of a church, or speaking to them of Jesus again won’t cut it. Jesus didn’t just meet up with his disciples once a week for an hour. He lived with them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for three years.

The kids that God has entrusted to you are your primary disciples. And as their mom and dad you have the privilege, joy and responsibility to lead them. This has to be intentional on your part. There are literally a million different things that vie for your family’s attention. …

But as disciples ourselves, we are called to live with Jesus as the center of our lives. And this starts at home. Like the original twelve; discipleship isn’t just a one day a week for an hour commitment. Being a disciple of Jesus is a 24 hour a day, seven day a week gig. And our kids need to be able to see that and hear that from us through the noise and commotion of whatever else is happening at any given moment.

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