If you’ve been a Christian for any period of time AND you’ve allowed Jesus to begin working His redemptive work in you, this truth will hit home…
Tripp hits the target with this one. However, that forgiveness, internal transformation, and empowerment isn’t directed at us as the adults in the parenting relationship. He’s pointing to the amazing work that Jesus seeks to do in our children through our parenting.
Our children need redeeming?
Absolutely, hands down, can I get an amen, YES, they do. We are all born inherently sinful and there’s nothing we can do about that unsightly fact. However, once we have experienced the saving power of Christ and have accepted His invitation for change inside and out, we can start the long journey to redemption that won’t end until we see His face. Our children have just started this journey and it’s our job as their guides through this life to continually point them to Jesus and His saving power.
Which starts with our parenting.
Our role in this process
Earlier in the book, Tripp puts a powerful call on us as parents:
You are God’s agent to show the need for God’s grace and forgiveness.
Tedd Tripp, Shepherding a Child’s Heart
He further references Proverbs 19:18 to display the gravity of the situation our children are in: we are setting them up for spiritual death if we do not disciple and shepherd them in His ways. God only takes the time to warn us if it really matters. He protects those He loves and He wants the best for our children so He has laid out a game plan for us to follow. We want it to go well with our children and for them to live a long life…so they must learn to honor their parents. This is part of the path of redemption God lays out for them in His word.
How can you implement God’s game plan today? In what small ways can you invite Jesus’ redemptive work into your child’s life?
This is part of a 31 day series of shepherding a child’s heart in 5 minutes a day (click here for the series intro). I pray this series edifies you as much as reading Tripp’s book has encouraged and challenged my husband and I in how we raise our children. Subscribe to the blog in the side bar if you’d like to get posts emailed to you in a weekly digest or subscribe on your favorite blog reader.