A Mother’s High Calling: A Gospel Encouragement
When it comes to the salvation of our children, everything depends on God. And yet, He is often pleased to use us for much. — Inspired by J. C. Ryle’s The Duties of Parents
Catechizing Children and Our True Hope
There is no “right age” to begin teaching children the Scriptures. Youngsters are constantly absorbing information. They can easily repeat lines from their favorite books, songs, rhymes, and common answers to their questions. Kids are naturally “catechized” by the world around them. If so, very young and even squirmy kids (like my daughter) can be catechized to learn the Bible and Christian doctrine.
Our hope in catechizing, however, goes beyond their memory. Our prayer is that our children’s hearts, by God’s grace, would trust and love the God of the Scriptures. And so we teach them with much prayer—pleading for God to prove His gospel as the power that brings salvation (Romans 1:16).
The mark of a “successful Christian parent” is not simply having a 4-year-old who can quote ten Bible verses by heart. Rather, our “success” is to abide by faith in the One who has become to us “wisdom from God, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption” and our boast (1 Corinthians 1:30-31).