I remember a conversation I had with a young mother who said she didn't want to "push" her faith on her children. To tell you the truth, her comment caught me off guard. "Pushing her faith" may be something she didn't want to do, but raising her children in the ways of God is something the Bible tells her to do.
Proverbs 22:6, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
Raising children in the faith is a responsibility that God places directly on parents. If your faith is true, you must share it with others, especially your own children. The Bible commends parents and grandparents to tell their children about God. To speak to them about the wonders of God and all he has done. How he delivers his children. How in love, he sent Jesus to atone for sin. How those who trust him are born of the Spirit, becoming his children they are justified before him. These are the responsibilities God has given to parents.
Once a group of parents brought their children to Jesus, but his followers tried to keep them away. The parents wanted Jesus to "bless" the children, but the Apostles thought time could be better spent on adults - as they're chasing off the kids, Jesus stops them saying.
Matthew 19:14, ... "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Before leaving he blessed them).
When the Apostles thought there were more important people to "minister" to, Jesus said, "God's kingdom belongs to the children." God's kingdom is about humility, and coming to God by faith. For that mom who, in sincerity, didn't want to "push" her faith on her kids, I would say: "Don't, but do take them to Jesus." And Jesus only moved on after he blessed the children. Which reminds me that he once said.
John 6:37, " ... Whoever comes to me I will never drive away."
Jesus never tossed anyone to the side, nor did he ever lay a guilt tip on someone who was sincerely seeking Him.
If you're a believing parent or grandparent, bring your children to the place they'll be blessed, take them to the Lord. How do we do that practically? Read them the Bible: take every opportunity to teach about God. Take them to church: church is where we worship God and grow in our knowledge of God. Vacation Bible School: it's that time of year, and many local churches are offering VBS or kids clubs. These programs are for the children of our community. Summer camp: many Christians had their first real experience with God at church camp. Summer for young people can be a time to lounge around and play video games, or a time to set a foundation of faith that could blossom into a true relationship with God.
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.