Power of a Jingle

Child Singing

Advertisers have long recognised the power of jingles. With this in mind I tried a little experiment at home the other day. I started whistling the tune to a song we sing at church – an adult congregational song, not a kids song. I didn’t sing any of the words, I just whistled the tune of the chorus. What happened convinced me of the benefits of including children in our church services – I later heard our kids singing the song (correct words and all) as they were getting ready for the day! How cool is that! The went to school with gospel truths ringing in their ears and on their lips!

This was not a Sunday, we don’t usually have music playing at home (there’s already enough noise!) and I am not on the church music team.

This has convinced me of two things:

  1. children (at least school-aged) benefit greatly from participating in congregational singing at church, and
  2. playing gospel-contented music at home can only enhance this.

Consider the benefits to kids (and us) being surrounded by these words such as these before we scatter into the world:

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

“Jesus Paid It All”, Elvina M. Hall, 1865. Copyright: Public Domain

 


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Man Up – submit!

Puzzle Pieces #6

The created order shows that men are to lead their households in submission to Christ (Gen 2, Eph 5 & 6). I want to specifically look at what this means for parenting.

Men/fathers, our responsibilities lie in submitting to Christ as our Lord, loving our wives and children in obedience to God and ensuring our families are washed in the gospel so we may present them to Him without wrinkle or stain or blemish.

Men/fathers, study God’s word and be in relationship with our heavenly father continually. Let your status and identity as an heir in the kingdom of heaven and co-heir with Christ be what defines you. Not the status you achieve as part of your work, not your bank balance as evidence of God’s blessing, not the amount of service you do for your church and His kingdom. Rather, look constantly at the cross of Christ and be thankful for the mercies given through His death and resurrection. Seek the Holy Spirit’s work to get rid of pride. Apologise.

Men/fathers, take the responsibilities of leading your family seriously. Be in control of your finances, delight in your family and the time you spend with them. Love and protect them by knowing what movies, songs and computer games they are exposed to and take a stand when they are not beneficial. Get accountability software on your home and work computers, tablets and devices and work out the settings on the TV/computer/iPods to limit content ratings – for your purity and theirs.

Men/fathers, take the lead in reading the Word of God with your family. You cannot present your wife and children to God without wrinkle, stain or blemish, only Jesus can do that. Wash them in the Gospel of Jesus and do not leave this to your wife. Of course she can teach the bible to children and will do so continually as a mother, but do not hide behind her by leaving that responsibility on her shoulders. Do it before going to work, or get home from work before the kids are in bed so you can lead in this way. Be intentional, take responsibility, man up!

 


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Can parents do enough?

Photo: Rauno Träskelin

The desire to be a godly parent is noble and honouring to God. There is certainly much we could do – family devotions, praying with & for our kids, letting church blow up our weekend, having sponsor children, being hospitable, praying for and supporting missionaries, being cross-cultural missionaries, serving the church in many and varied ways, always being early to church, telling our friends about Jesus, facilitating our kids’ telling of Jesus to their friends, going to christian holiday camps/events, openly discussing our financial partnership with church with our kids. Really, the list is endless…..

Modelling godliness to our children, however, has a HUGE danger – making our (and their) acceptance by God seem as though it is based on what we do. It’s not! Jesus has brought us to God by dying for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous (1 Pet 3:18). Nothing we have or could do will make any difference. The dangers for parents are feeling guilty if our kids reject God, or proud if they do not. The dangers for our kids is seeing christianity as a list of rules to keep, and self-righteousness if they do okay at it. All of these scenarios would be a tragedy, none of which I hope you are aiming for.

So how do we prevent this from happening? Doing more? I’ll trust you can see the error in that logic. Not do anything? Borrowing Paul’s phrase – BY NO MEANS!

What then shall we do to show our kids it is all about Jesus? Exactly that – show them it is ALL about Jesus.

Every time you pray, make it about Jesus’ intercession.
Every time you go to church, make it about Jesus’ gathering.
Every time you say grace before a meal, make it about Jesus’ provision.
Every time you write a letter to your sponsor child, make it about Jesus’ mercy.
Every time you show hospitality, make it about Jesus’ adoption.
Every time you serve, make it about Jesus’ sacrifice.
Every time you discipline, make it about Jesus’ atonement.
Every time you [INSERT ANY ACTION HERE] – make. it. about. Jesus!

By making everything about Jesus, all glory will go to Jesus. Isn’t that what you are striving for? Don’t get caught up in doing, get caught up in Jesus!

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.  

Titus 3:4-8 (italics added)

 


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