We have many responsibilities as mother’s. We instill a lot of things into our children as the are growing up. From very young ages we set habits into motion. I remember the first time Isis slept in her actual crib. She spent the first 3 months literally sleeping on my chest. She was the best baby, but she would not sleep without lying on me, not even beside me was good enough. This was challenging, as each night I propped my pillows up high, both behind me and beside me to support my arms as I held her and we both slept. I just knew when she was ready to move into her crib. So, I laid her in, with no hesitation from either of us. It was an easy transition. Then there was teaching her to sleep through the night, and later to drop the binkie, then the diapers, picking up toys, cleaning her room, doing her school work, taking care of the dog, cleaning the kitchen, calling me when she arrives at a friends house after seeing a movie. Now she is driving! We just never stop instilling lessons, rules, habits in our children.
But, what about what we instill in them spiritually? Are we making their spiritual needs as important? What are you instilling in your child spiritually today? Taking them to Sunday school? Doing a bible study through your Homeschool or a Christian private school? Maybe you even do devotions with your kids. You play christian music in the house and sing kids worship songs in the car. These are all great! But are you truly creating an atmosphere of worship?
Well, what IS worship? The English word worship means, ‘worthy’, ‘worthwhile’, or ‘having worth.’ My favorite description that I have heard is, “Worship is the individual adoration of God.” This hits me in the heart. It’s you and Him, our Father, anytime, any place, and in everything you do. Clint Brown (my former pastor) wrote and sings one of my favorite songs. It’s called, ‘Alone’.
You don’t need majestic choirs
With awesome voices raised
You don’t need a congregation
To offer Me your praise
You don’t need a mighty orchestra to bless Me with your song
You get all of My attention when you worship me alone.
When He is not worshiped alone, He is not worshiped~ Augustine. That is powerful. Do YOU worship Him alone? What are you dependent on to enter into worship? Worship requires coming into His presence. So how as parents do we create an atmosphere of worship in our homes? How do we incorporate worship into every aspect of our lives? So that WE can instill a lifelong passion in our children to worship Him; alone, with out us next to them. Without needing the sounds of the congregation or someone else encouraging them to lift their hands. How do we create that passion in our children, young children? Can we even expect it to be possible?
“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence” Psalm 89:15 NIV
“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise…” Psalm 8:2
God has an un-deniable plan for your family. As a parent He wants you to teach (Deut.6:6,7), Train (Prov. 22:6) and Build (Eph. 6:4) your children. He will give you the ability to do all of the above! Be encouraged! Do not under-estimate Him, or your children. I have led worship with youth, highschoolers, and on with adults. I get very bothered when churches do not think it’s necessary to include a time of worship with kids younger than ‘children’s church’. (usually over 5 years old) By worship, I not only mean music. I have worshiped God through song and adoration as I held a baby in my arms in service, or prayed or even been prayed over BY a 4 year old and the presence of God fell in the room. I believe that even that child did recognize God in his spirit.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly…The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. Luke 1:41-45 (emphasis added MSG)
I don’t understand why we limit and underestimate the relationship between our children at ANY age and their heavenly Father. It needs to be nurtured. It needs an environment that it can flourish in. An atmosphere where worship is a constant, because God is there. They know He is there, because they have come to know Him. Not just of Him. Not just because mommy does. When our children adore God on their own, it is very less likely they will depart from it. I believe the core of our walk with God is our worship. I believe all else follows after. We were created to worship Him.
I welcome you to continue with me on this journey as we look at life applications of how we can teach our children to adore God. And to inspire them to worship God on their own everyday.
What are you willing to do to make worship a higher priority in your life so it affects your children?
Listen to the song above by Clint Brown, called Alone.