Who’s Your One? It better be your child, or your grandchild. In Luke 8, there is a man named Jairus who takes his child’s condition to Jesus. His only daughter is near death and he takes her condition seriously. It’s unusual because Jairus is a ruler in the synagogue. He is least likely to approach Jesus for help, yet he believes his daughter’s death is imminent, and he is desperate.
"And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.” - Luke 8:41-42
How serious do you take your child’s eternal condition? Do you believe that your child or children, or grandchildren, are sinners in need of redemption? Do you believe they need Jesus to save them? Perhaps you claim to believe these truths, so you take them to church; but do you realize that a 35-minute sermon every week is not nearly enough? You realize that adding a 45-minute Sunday school session still isn’t enough, right? There are 168 hours in a week; 1 hour of truth cannot compete for your child’s attention. Last year, the Nielsen group reported, “American adults spend over 11 hours per day listening to, watching, reading or generally interacting with media.” Ten years ago they reported that children ages 2 - 5 were watching 32 hours per week, and ages 6 - 11 were consuming 28 hours of media per week. How much media is your child consuming? How much messaging from the world is your child consuming? And you believe that without Jesus they will face eternal wrath? Parents, think about this please! If you actually believe this, do something! Jairus went to Jesus, fell at his feet, and implored him to come to his house. Implore Jesus to come into your home! Like Jairus, your children are dying, and only Jesus can save them. Implore him! You must have Jesus in your home.
Family worship is of utmost importance. If it’s important to worship Jesus on the Lord’s Day, why would you not worship him throughout the week at home? Family Worship by Don Whitney is a very helpful book to set you up for family worship if it is a new idea for you.
Dad, please read Family Shepherds, by Voddie Baucham. Learn how to lead your family and shepherd their hearts. Listen to Baucham discuss family worship in the video below.
The use of catechisms is an old teaching technique, but still very effective. It is simply a question and answer memory tool that teaches theology. Consider using a Baptist catechism with your child. We use Truth & Grace Memory Books with our children. Truth & Grace is a 3-volume set that will last your child all the way through their high school years. It also includes Scripture memory, another powerful tool to implore Jesus into your home.
Train your child to worship Jesus with the body of Christ. Corporate worship on the Lord’s Day should not be optional for children of Christian parents. When Church is Optional, You Set up Your Kids to Fail.
Prioritize worshipping God with God’s people on the Lord’s Day! Yes, even for your kids. With the exception of nursery age children, your children should be sitting on the pew with you, learning to worship God with you. Parenting in the Pew has proven very helpful for my wife.
And there are more resources available! Just ask! Please, please ask! Rebekah and I are here to help you raise your children in the admonition of the Lord. My desire for WCBC is to see young families loving God together, dads leading their wives and children towards holiness, and moms teaching scripture to the children. Let me help your family. Just ask.
Your child’s eternity is a serious matter. Take it seriously. Implore Jesus to come into your home.
Watch my Father’s Day Sermon, A Father’s One. I preached this same story, the story of Jairus.