Teaching Children their Identity in Christ
Every child wants to be identified either with someone or something. There is a desire in every child to be. Probably you can already see this in your child’s life as he/ She tries to imitate some of the things that you do around the house. Children are a gift from God. They belong to Him more than they belong to us. Psalm 127:3 (ESV) says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward”. This means that before giving them our names, we should have this reality in our hearts and minds.
We all want our children to bear our identity and this is seen in the surname. While there is nothing wrong with this, it still important to teach them that they are also God’s children. Drawing attention to God helps our children create dependence on Him and this will help them develop communion with Him from an early stage.
When children understand that there is a way God sees them, and that is what counts, they will not try to find acceptance from an environment that is set to deviate them from the true path of life.
Children should be taught that God loves them unconditionally. John 3:16-17 (ESV) says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”. When this truth is engraved in a child’s heart, no time will the child see God as unfair or harsh towards him/ her. That is where it all begins. It shows that God is always willing to pardon and help out where it seems hard.
It is the parent’s responsibility to take time and teach his/ her child what God says about them. It is an intentional act not just desiring it. Children who grow with the awareness of who they are in God’s eyes always thrive in life. Challenges will come but they will always come out strong. This is because they are walking in Christ through His Word.