Inheritance of Faith – Spiritual Deposits
Parents, you bless your children and your families by placing spiritual deposits in their life. And the best way you can leave spiritual deposits is by sharing your faith. You can do this a number of ways, like having conversations at the dinner table, doing a family devotional, giving to the Lord your time, your tithes, and your talents. But the sharing of faith I’m talking about is showing your children that you’re not perfect, that you don’t have it all figured out and that you need Jesus.
Every morning, I sit down with Lincoln and Noelle and I pray, “God, please walk with me this day and help me be the father these kids need and deserve and help me be the husband you have called me to be. Amen!” One time Lincoln asked me why I did this every day. I told him that I need Jesus’ help to be the father you and Noelle need and deserve and I need Jesus to help be the husband mommy deserves.
Cha-ching, spiritual deposit!
You see, what’s amazing is that our kids are looking for authenticity and integrity. The Bible says, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely” (Proverbs 10:9) and I believe that parents who walk securely will have children who walk securely.
Here’s the thing about authenticity and integrity, it means that you don’t have to have it all figured out and you don’t have to be perfect. I think it is this feeling that we have to be perfect that keeps us from sharing our faith and leaving spiritual deposits in the lives of our children. You don’t have to be perfect, but you have to be honest and you have to be real and you have to be willing to be willing to show your children you need Jesus.
This week don’t hide your imperfections about your faith, don’t hide your doubts about your faith, and don’t hide the fact that you’re not perfect and that you don’t have it all figured out. Make a choice to be real, honest, and vulnerable with your children about your faith. Leave a spiritual deposit by sharing your faith with them.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Jim Elliot