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Parenting Discipleship

By Craig Caster

WEEK 1 - GOD'S PURPOSES FOR PARENTING

DAY 4 - GOD'S PURPOSES FOR PARENTS

God’s purpose for us as parent/ministers can be broken down into four areas:

FIRST PURPOSE: GOD’S GLORIFICATION

Glorify – To reflect, to honor, praise, to give esteem or honor by putting him into an honorable position.2

Our primary purposes as believers is to glorify God. In 1 Corinthians 6:20, Scripture says, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The word glorify translates “to reflect”. As believers and ministers of God to our children, we are to act as His reflection to them.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”

Remember, God is changing us from the inside, which is evident by our attitudes and behavior. Our transformation becomes real as we exhibit the very nature of Christ to those around us.

Self-Examination 1

Consider the attitudes that you are demonstrating to your children. Write out what words and behaviors do not reflect God?

The story of Moses, in Numbers 20:8-13, provides an example of a person challenged under the pressure of responsibility. Moses wandered through the desert with two to three million people for forty years. The people were rebellious whiners, despite the fact that they had the evidence of God right in front of them as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night and provided food and water! When Moses left them and went to meet with almighty God on the mountain, they created and worshipped an idol!

Although God allowed consequences to occur, and He administered discipline, He patiently endured and led these stiff-necked children. When the Israelites complained to Moses about needing water, he turned to God again for help. God told Moses to “speak to the rock.” But Moses became so frustrated with the people and their constant complaining, that he did not say, “Water, come forth!” as God has instructed him. Instead he grabbed his rod and struck the rock in anger.

The Lord was not pleased with Moses because he disobeyed and misrepresented God’s nature and attitude to the people. Moses failed because he exhibited his angry nature rather than God’s mercy when he struck the rock. God does not condone our sin, but He does promise to supply our needs, and the people needed water for themselves and their animals. God is perfectly just, and will guide his servants into the proper response for every situation. We need to be cautious not to put the heavy burdens of our selfish expectations and frustrations on the children trusted to our care. But as we grow closer to God, understanding how He transforms us, we then can better represent Him to our children.

Self-Examination 2

Write down any incidents in the last week in which you have misrepresented God, and then ask for His forgiveness.

God has given principles in His Word that, if followed, are linked to a promise.

Proverbs 20:7 “The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”

Fact File

Integrity here indicates singleness of heart, not double-minded - one who walks according to His will and exemplifying God’s righteousness.

Write out how you believe this applies to parenting. How can this bless your children both now and in the future?

Timothy was pastor of the church at Ephesus when Paul wrote to him:

2 Timothy 1:5 “When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”

According to this verse, who influenced Timothy in righteousness? What was the outcome for Timothy?

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2 Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000), 481.