Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian faith. Hopefully you got the chance to take your family through “Celebrate: A Family Easter Guide through 7 Attributes of Jesus”. If you didn’t get the chance, you can still get the resource and go through it in your Family Time Activities after Easter!
One thing we need to remember as parents at Easter (and all the time) is what we’ve been saved from. What our lives were like before Jesus gave us new life (2 Corinthians 5:17). We may not want to share all of the details of our old lives with our children, but for them to know that we needed Jesus and that He rescued us is important.
They look up to us and, especially young children, pattern their lives after ours. If they think they don’t need Jesus because it looks like we don’t need Jesus, we’re keeping the truth from them and setting them up for a life of frustration, loneliness, and disappointment.
Sharing our stories with our children helps them see they can do the same to encourage others in their faith. We need to realize our testimony isn’t only from the past. It’s the story of what God is doing in our lives right now, what He’s rescuing us from right now (selfishness, pride, addictions, wrong views about others or ourselves or even God).
Our children knowing what we’re studying in our Bibles in our personal time with God and what we’re praying about for them and others, then seeing us worshiping God in these ways sets patterns for them in their minds of what an adult Christian looks like… what they should eventually look like.
We are rescued from much, but we are also rescued for much. All our stories are different, but we all needed Jesus to rescue us. All our struggles are different, but we all still need Jesus to regularly rescue us. Take a moment and think about the amazing blessing it is to be your children’s parent. God put you there on purpose. He saved you. He rescued you for them so you could train them about their need for rescue and to share that truth with others, too.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
Why is it important for your children to know you’ve been rescued for?