The mosquitoes that poke me all summer do not have to go to mosquito college to learn how to drill for red gold. That ability is simply in them from the moment they are hatched. All of the behaviors needed for a successful blood extraction operation are preinstalled in their tiny mosquito brains.
But knowledge about Jesus doesn’t come to people mosquito-style. I think some parents think that the Christian faith self-implants and self-develops in their children, but when they’re wild and rebellious teenagers, the parents wonder what went wrong.
Children aren’t born knowing there is a God. They will soon find out how evil the world is and will discover also the presence of evil in their own minds. But they have no innate knowledge of their Savior Jesus. If he is to come and live in their little hearts, children need you to tell them. Moses instructed the believers in his day not to neglect sharing information about God’s words and mighty deeds, but rather to “teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19).
When you speak God’s words in your home, they are as powerful as if God himself were speaking to your children. God’s words bring power to drive out Satan, create faith, and build your child’s capacity to know and choose what is good and God-pleasing in life.
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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