I remember as a teenager my mom showing me a drawing of an umbrella. The umbrella represented God, under the umbrella, I saw two figurines of a dad and a mom, and under them, their children. Through this picture, my mom explained to me the importance of a Christ-centered family. (I wrote about how you can create that environment in your home too!)
The day Andrew and I opened the door to our newlywed apartment, that picture came back to my mind. The picture of that home environment I grew up that was so peaceful and comforting.
We needed to be ready to take on the responsibility that God had given us as we were starting our own family. Our biggest desire became to have a Christ-centered home.
As newlyweds, everything was new and we didn’t know how in the world we were going to accomplish this!
Going back to my teenage years, I had a lot of questions back then and still do. One day, I asked my mom if the Bible talked about certain topics that back then, I thought were too controversial to be found in the Bible.
My mom responded as she always did to my questions: with a simple answer, “You can find all types of topics in the Bible and all the answers to any of your questions.” She knew the importance of raising kids to follow Jesus and was such a great example of it for me. (You can read her interview for #AskAMentorMom if you would like to get some of that wisdom.)
So, going with my mom’s advice, we are going to study the Bible and find out how we, as parents, can create a Christ-centered home.
We are going to dissect Deuteronomy 11: 18-21
1. Fill up your hearts and minds with the Word of God
Chapter 11 starts with Moses telling the Israelites God’s message by reminding them that their children didn’t experience all the wonders that God had done for them. It was their job as parents to tell their children the stories of God’s power.
In order to do so, the Israelites needed to guard their hearts and minds so their children could learn from a home that wold teach them to love God and his commandments.
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
The first thing we have to do to create a Christ-centered home is to fill up our hearts and minds with the Word of God.
2. Tell your story
As a little girl, I loved listening to my parents telling me about God’s miracles in our family’s life. Listening to these stories helped me grow my faith as a child.
As an adult, they come back to mind from time to time to remind me that God is faithful and powerful.
This is why God through Moses emphasized to the Israelites to share their story with their kids, so their kids would believe and follow God’s commandments.
19Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
The second thing we have to do to create a Christ-centered home is to tell our kids about God’s power in OUR lives. Tell your kids your testimony.
Read the Bible to them and with them so they learn to hear from God on their own at a young age and so they are able to grow their faith through hearing about who God is and what he can do.
3. Display the Word of God in your Christ-centered life
The last things that God through Moses tells the Israelites to do is to
20 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.
More importantly than decorating your house with reminders of who God is, is to display his Word and Truth in your life. By saying this, Moses is making a point of highlighting how important it is to meditate on God’s Word day and night.
More than just on your house walls, the Word of God belongs in your heart. Your kids will learn to have a Christ-centered life best through you living it out.
Moses ends the chapter with a promise from God:
21 so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.
God’s Word never returns empty (Isaiah 55:11.) Teach your kids that they can find the answers to their questions in the Word of God and when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)
What are some things you are doing to create a Christ-centered home?