Welcome to part four of our sermon series on "How to raise your children biblically in a secular world." In the previous parts, we discussed the importance of teaching your children to love God, respect authority, and maintain purity in a world that often promotes the opposite values.
Today, we'll focus on the fourth and final key to raising your children biblically in a secular world: teaching them to serve others.
As Jesus said in Matthew 20:28, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." In the same way, we should teach our children that true greatness comes not from being served but from serving others. By helping others, we imitate the character of Christ and fulfill our purpose in life.
Here are a few practical ways to teach your children to serve others:
Model service yourself. Children learn best by example, so ensure you regularly do others in your own life. Let your children see you volunteering at church, helping a neighbor in need, or simply going out of your way to being kind to someone.
Find service opportunities as a family. Look for ways that you can serve others as a family, such as volunteering at a local food bank or participating in a community cleanup project. Make it a regular part of your family routine to serve others together.
Please encourage your children to use their talents to serve. Each of us has unique gifts and skills that can be used to serve others. Please encourage your children to think about how they can use their talents to help others, whether by baking cookies for a neighbor or using their artistic abilities to create cards for a sick friend.
Teach your children to give generously. In Acts 20:35, Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Teach your children the joy of giving by encouraging them to donate their time or money to a charitable cause they care about.
In conclusion, raising children Biblically in a secular world is no easy task. Still, by focusing on these four key areas (loving God, respecting authority, maintaining purity, and serving others), we can help our children become the men and women God has called them to be.
Let us remember the words of Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." May God bless you as you seek to raise your children biblically in a secular world.