When my firstborn was very young, we would take him up and down the streets with us as we went out to share Christ.
We would often enter store fronts and shops with idols displayed and incense burning. As we would open up spiritual conversations with strangers, Lee, our son, learned to do the same.
One day, when he was about four years old, we invited a local friend over so our boys could play together. As the boys were in the back playing, I overheard Lee strike up a conversation. It went like this (this was all in the local language, which made it even more precious):
“Do you believe in God?”
“You know, God! The Most High God!”
“Well do you believe in angles, those things that fly?”
“Yeah, I guess.”
“God made those angels. God really does exist! He made everything, the trees, the plants, the sky, the angels, even you.”
Well the little boy had never been told that in his life and he undoubtedly thought my son was one nutty cracker, but it made me so happy!
It also taught me that our children learn from us, for good and bad.
We raise spiritually minded children when WE are spiritually minded.
We’ve spent many weeks here together talking about specific, practical things we can do to be spiritually minded but really, it all comes down to setting our hearts, minds, and mouths on the things of God. This takes the help of His Spirit. He is always working in us to just keep bringing us back to God and His Word, and letting Truth shape our perspective, priorities, and activities.
The Word of God is food and when we take it in, the Holy Spirit applies it to our hearts and lives. One of His roles is to bring to our remembrance, bring to our minds, the Word of God, thus making us spiritually minded. Romans 8:6 says, “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”
How are you doing at listening to the Spirit? Do you hear Him as He brings God’s word to your mind? Do you stop right away and ponder what He says? Do you have a Bible reading plan? Are you regularly giving God’s Word voice in your mind?
If you don’t have a reading plan, I encourage you to try one of these simple ways:
The One Year Chronological Bible NIV (about 15 minutes of reading a day will take you through the entire Bible in one year and you can start TODAY! No need to wait for January~)
Daily Light on the Daily Path These short morning and evening readings are like espresso for the soul
The Daily Audio Bible Free. Every day. Online. Good stuff
This is our last post in the Raising Spiritually Minded Kids series. To read all the ideas or complete the weekly family challenges, click the links below. God bless you and your family!
3. The God Box
9. The Blessing
10. You First!
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