My sin, not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, oh my soul!
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man.
Some practical encouragements as you model lives of devotion to Jesus:
- Devote your life to Jesus in thought and speech.
What do your children hear you talking about most? Is it money, recreation, other people’s business? By no means is it wrong to discuss topics that relate to your life, but don’t neglect regular conversation about the Lord’s doing in all aspects of your life as a family. In fact, may it be obvious that Jesus is Lord over your family by the frequent and normal way he is mentioned.
- Devote your life to Jesus in time and energy.
Your loves will be proven by the time and energy you spend. In love for Christ, devote regular time to the reading and study of God’s Word, fellowshipping with other believers, serving brothers and sisters in Christ, praying up every thought and care, evangelizing the lost, and even constant singing in your home!
- Devote your life to Jesus with your hard-earned money.
I can not overstate the impact that my parents had on me when they made a point to write the offering check for Sunday as soon as my dad was paid from work. He always gave his best and his firstfruits to God. In fact, I often saw my mom writing in her checkbook: gift money for others, special offerings, and offerings for simple thanksgiving any time the Lord seemed to bless our household. Money seemed to slip in and out of my parents’ hands frequently, and to this day, it has imprinted on me the weight of their trust and devotion to him.
- Devote your life to Jesus in striving for holiness.
One of the greatest apologetics for the Christian life is a life transformed. It’s okay (and even beneficial) that you don’t begin your parenting journey has completely arrived. When you sin, devote yourself to repenting of that sin, calling it out, and walking the other way. Let your children notice the changes happening in your life, and perhaps it will linger in their minds as the evidence they need to know that Christ is really King.