“How did you know?”
“How did I know what, honey?”
“How did you know that you needed Jesus?”
Have you had this conversation with your children?
Most parents don’t encounter this conversation. They hear questions like this instead,
“Mommy, why did Uncle John have to die?”
“Daddy, why is Freddie so mean to me? I just want to be his friend.”
“Papa, why did Pastor say that we’re all sinners?”
Questions like these are opportunities for you to share your testimony with your children. It may be difficult at first to tell your children how you came to have faith in Jesus, but God has commanded us to do so. Here are three examples of times when God may open the door for you to talk to your children about your relationship with Him.
3 Times to Share Your Testimony
1. Share your testimony with your children when they ask questions about what it means to be a sinner. Our children may hear the word sinner at church and not understand what it means. They may have questions about what sin is and what it means to be a sinner. Our children need to know that everyone sins. They need to know that we sin. They need to hear how we came to realize that we needed Jesus to save us from our sins.
2. Share your testimony with your children when they are struggling with something that you have experienced. Our children need to know that we go through tough times and we look to Jesus in those tough circumstances. Use trials in your child’s life to give them the hope of Jesus. Tell them about the hope He’s given you in hard places.
3. Tell your children about the eternal life we have in Christ when they have questions about death. There is no greater time to talk to your children about Jesus than at the death of a loved one. You can share your testimony of how you were experiencing spiritual death in your life before Christ, but when you came to believe that Jesus died and rose again to give you eternal life, you are able to have eternal life that starts now.
As you share your testimony with your children in circumstances like these, you will want to consider how much of your life before Christ your children need to konw. You will want to share what is appropriate for their ages. You will want to emphasize what God did for you more than what you have done for God.
Opportunities to share our testimony appear frequently in our daily lives. We need to be prepared to tell how Jesus changed our lives to our children.
What other times have you found to share your testimony?
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