How To Raise Your Children According To The Bible (Part 5)
II Timothy 2:15-16
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
Disclaimer: “The words of this devotional are not intended to serve as a to do manual nor a step by step child rearing manual. The information contained below is NOT guaranteed to work on all children. Each parent must consult with one another in unity and understand their child’s unique personality and interweave their principles into a manner that the child understands. Not everyone will agree with these principles but the bible is the final authority and what I follow.”
There are many different things that parents must understand before they attempt to embark into the realm of parentage. I will attempt to show things that are proven successes and things that are failures. Join us as we address How To Raise Your Children According To The Bible.
IV. Encourage Academic Achievement
We live in an age where the juvenile literacy rate has fallen below the acceptable rate. It has been reported that 45% of high school age children cannot read above the 8th grade level. Why? Well, since the advent of mobile technology, it has made many people both lazy and not interested in learning. Why learn information when you can google it? So who is to blame for such a high literacy rate? Is the scholastic institutions? Is it the producers of mobile technology? Are the children to blame? No, the bulk of the blame lies squarely upon the shoulders of the parents. I believe the main reason why the literacy rate is so high is that most parents aren’t engaged enough in the lives of their children. They actually expect the children to “get it” themselves. Parents should encourage a standard of education and higher learning for themselves and their children. Why?
I. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God” (Information) – The rest of this text shows that we should study to prove ourselves or to be accountable to God. Armed with this knowledge, it reminds us that education is for learning and being an asset to God. I we learn and educate ourselves, then we should use that information to be a liability to God. or people that fail to take education seriously, they will fail to understand God through scripture and see the bible as a waste of time and invalid. Parents should encourage their children to read, research and report on things of interest involving their world. Additionally, parents should encourage their children to do the same with religious matters as well. If looking into something or following up on something isn’t important then it will not matter to the children.
II. “rightly dividing the word of truth” (Investigation) – We continue to see this be an issue all throughout the world. Something is said or reported on through the media and the masses will blindly except the word of someone over getting out and discovering the fact on their own. In doing this, they wrongly, divide the truth and actually take what was said out of context. They then pass this error and people will jump on the bandwagon because it appeals to them. For instance, the Black Lives Matter Movement. This movement was based upon emotional hype and media frenzy. Instead of doing their own research, most people blindly jumped on the bandwagon and sought to argue that this “idea” was the best things since sliced bread. As the research became available and the truth came out about the questionable organization, people began to have mixed feelings. Parents need to ensure that they disseminate the right information, in the right context.
III. “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (Illiteracy) – When we fail to make finding information important we will fail to see the value in checking to see if that information is right and from reputable sources. If we receive this information from corrupt and questionable sources then we will adopt warped and erroneous information that will not benefit anyone. This tends to be wrong and misleading.
Parents, we should ensure that our children are made aware of the importance of discovering information from reputable sources. Once they have made a habit of doing this, they can be well on their way to being people that are diligent. Along with this, parents should ensure that the truth can only be found in the bible and that the mutable source or the english speaking people is the King James 1611 version of the bible. In our series we see that God’s Word reminds us that we raise our children by:
I. Establishing Authority
II. Enforcing Accountability
III. Exalting Adherence
IV. Express Affection
IV. Encourage Academic Achievement
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