How can you get your kids to serve Christ? One family tried to do it through personal devotions. They bought their daughter a diary and forced her to write down spiritual lessons she learned from her daily Bible study time. Then they would secretly take the diary and read it each day to see how she was doing. When the girl figured out what her parents were doing, she began to write all sorts of nice, flowery, Sunday-School answers inside the diary. Her parents were really impressed. They thought their daughter was going to do something really great for God; but on the girl’s 18th birthday, she packed her bags and moved out of the house. She had faked it long enough, and now she was glad to get away from her parents and their rules.

Don’t get me wrong – personal devotions are a big part of developing spirituality for anyone, especially our kids. But we can’t force them to be spiritual – this produces a dull sense of duty. Our kids will develop a desire for spiritual things when we connect with them and build our relationship with them. We ought to show them that we love them for who they are. Mothers, you may try taking your daughters out for lunch or going on a shopping trip; fathers, you could take your sons fishing, hiking, biking, camping, or hunting.

On these special trips, be prepared with solid answers to your kids’ questions about the Bible and Christianity. Tell them why you read your Bible so often. Explain how prayer has made a difference in your life. Soon they will learn not to comply simply for the reward, but from the heart.

You are the key to unlocking your child’s heart to the great things God has in store for them. Show them why serving Christ out of love makes all the difference between a dull life and a delightful one.

Truth without enthusiasm, morality without emotion, ritual without soul, are things Christ unsparingly condemned. Destitute of fire, they are nothing more than a godless philosophy, an ethical system, and a superstition. – Samuel Chadwick

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder