As a Christian parent, you desire for your children to know Jesus and to come to their own acceptance of Him as their Savior.
But how do you actually do that?
Here are 5 ways to introduce your child to Jesus:
1. Spend time as a family reading the Bible
Your children need to understand just how important the Bible is. If you never spend time reading it, they will not have any reason to believe it is important. How can they know the truth about Jesus if they do not ever hear it being purposely taught by mom and dad?
If you don’t know where to start, try these suggestions for Bible Time with toddlers and preschoolers.
2. Be faithful to church
Do you want your kids to understand how important Jesus is? Show them! Make the effort to get up and go to church every time the doors are open.
If your children constantly see you skipping church because there’s a ball game or because you stayed up too late socializing on Saturday night or because some friends invited you to the lake on Sunday, you’re sending a loud message to them that Jesus isn’t really all that important.
3. Pray with them
Show your children that you have a personal relationship with Jesus by talking to him at regular intervals throughout the day. If you want them to believe that he can be their best friend, they need to see that he is your best friend.
Did you lose your keys? Stop and pray together, asking the Lord to help you find them.
Does your child have a tummy ache? Stop and pray together, asking the Lord to help your child feel better.
Did you find your keys or is your child feeling better? Stop and thank God together for answering prayer.
4. Talk about him throughout the day
Deuteronomy 6:7-9, speaking of the commandments of God, tells us that we should “…teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
In other words, talking about the Bible should be integrated into every part of our day. Christian parents should always be looking for opportunities to teach their children the Word of God. When you eat, you can teach them that Jesus is the Bread of Life. When they do wrong, you can teach them what sin is and why they need a Savior. When they have a problem, you can teach them to trust in the Lord. Everything you do and say should be another opportunity to point them to Jesus. (Which means, by the way, that you’ll need to spend time studying God’s Word as much as you can – you can’t teach something you don’t know!)
5. Live out his word
It’s not just enough to talk about the Bible; you must do what it says. If you truly believe something, it will affect your actions. Your children will decide whether or not the Bible is worth believing based on whether you show that you believe it.
If you want your children to know Jesus, they need to see visible evidence that you know him, that you trust him, and that you obey him.
Need more in-depth help on things like…?
- Insights on making your child’s faith real - and lasting
- Tips for surviving church with little ones (what to bring to church, what to do when they’re loud, how to get them to sit still)
- Jesus-centered books, movies, and toys for kids
- Everyday scenarios to talk about Jesus with your child
- Common personalities in kids, and how to teach each type
- Common questions about teaching a little one about God
I think you would benefit from this little eBook, How to Introduce Your Child to Jesus.
You can purchase it here for $5.99.