Here lies the secret of parenting that will produce good spiritual fruit in our children:
The Parable of the Sower begins with the preaching of the Word, or the planting of the seed in the hearts of people. The seed is God’s Word; the different soils symbolize different types of hearts; and the varied results show the different responses to the Word of God.
It is our job as parents to sow the seeds lovingly into the hearts of our children.
The Word, unlike anything else you teach your children, is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). It is necessary for the truth of God to be cultivated to take root in the heart before it will bear fruit.
In the Parable of the Sower, three-fourths of the seed did not bear fruit, and there was no great harvest.
When you plant the seed (read God’s Word), water it with prayer, and share it in love you are causing the seed to be rooted and established in love (Ephesians 3:17).
- salvation (Matthew 7:16)
- good works (Colossians 1:10)
- holiness (Romans 6:22)
- Christian character (Galatians 5:22–23)
- winning others to Christ (Romans 1:13)
- sharing (Romans 15:25–28)
- praising God (Hebrews 13:15)
To plant this seed lovingly into the heart of your child, you need to have the fruit of love in your own life. It is a circle of life, and you must impress them [God’s Laws] on your children (Deuteronomy 6:7).
This is God’s plan for passing on the truth about Himself, from parent to child. As a child matures, he becomes a parent to the next generation, and so on. The seed must come from fruit—fruit from your life—God’s love, which is spread abroad in your heart by the Holy Spirit.
When your own heart is full of love—as a result of God’s Word planted in you—the love of Christ will overflow into the hearts of your children: it will give itself out, give itself away, and enrich the lives of others.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.—2 Timothy 3:14–17
There is no fruit unless there is hearing first. In Matthew 13 alone, the word hear occurs nineteen times. Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17).
Jesus said, “He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:9). “Consider carefully what you hear,” Jesus continued (Mark 4:24, emphasis mine). And, “Consider carefully how you listen,” He declared (Luke 8:18).
In Deuteronomy 6, God told the people that their children were to hear His Word throughout the day from their parents’ mouths (verse 7), they were to see it expressed in symbols (verse 9) and in their homes (verse 8).
God’s Law [instruction] was to be passed on so that godliness and righteousness would be carried down from generation to generation.
Hearing is the first step. After you read the Word to your children.
Seventy five percent of the Bible is story. Jesus taught with stories. Heart of Wisdom recommends you put Bible first in every homeschool day.
It is astounding that homeschooler being homeschooling for religious reasons yet little of the Bible actually gets studied. The Word of God is only sprinkled into a school day, like a Continued
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