Discipling our children is a monumental task. Where do you begin?
At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Matthew 18:1-6
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.Matthew 19:13-15
Many people make the mistake of waiting until their child is “old enough” before they begin the discipleship process. How old varies from person to person, but most people do not believe that a child can adequately understand spiritual things so you should wait until they can understand before teaching them. Jesus however taught something far different. He wanted little children and infants to be around Him while He taught. He even taught that we needed to have the faith of little children to enter the Kingdom. By the same token He placed the worst of curses upon the one who would lead a little child astray.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy 3:14-15
Timothy was taught as a child the things of God. He was learning Scripture from his earliest recollection. It was this foundation of Scripture laid by his mother and grandmother that God used to bring him to salvation.
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?Joel 2:15-17
Joel encouraged the worship attendance of even nursing infants. Simply put, we should begin discipling our children from the moment they are born.
ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.Psalm 119:1
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.Psalm 119:9
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.Psalm 119:11
Psalm 119 is a great example of where to start. Psalm 119 was how Jewish children learned to read. We must instill the Word of God into our children from infancy.
Many people have a hard time beginning any discipleship with their children because it is “awkward.” Trying to set down with your teenage son or granddaughter to begin discipling them is difficult. This is one of the greatest reasons to begin while they are young. If discipleship is a normal thing in your relationship it is far easier to continue when the child or grandchild is older.