31-Day Parenting Devotion
FIVE TIPS FROM THE BEST PARENT IN THE WORLD
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
The best way to learn how to be the best parent is to learn from the best parent. God, the Father, is the best parent the world has ever known. Understanding and applying His parenting to your family is one of the wisest things you can do.
Knowing God and imitating God are two different things. The demons know about God, but they do not follow Him (James 2:19) because they do not exercise biblical faith. There are three parts to biblical faith: knowledge, understanding, and practice. The last one—practice—is what makes faith biblical. If your faith is not authentically activated, it’s not biblical faith.
A Christian’s faith is Christlike. I have five tips that will help you “flesh out” what it means to look like Jesus to your family. You can immediately implement these characteristics into your home. Along with each tip are application questions that will aid you in this opportunity to imitate God the Father to your children. The intent of today’s devotion is for you to examine how well you’re implementing the previous three weeks.
God Is an Example
Christ’s life was the example of what you are to become. Similarly, what you model before your children will have a lifetime impact on them (Ephesians 5:1).
- What are you modeling before your kids?
- Is your religion exportable? You are a missionary to your family, exporting the life of Christ to them. Are they receiving what you are exporting?
- What would happen if your children made copious notes of your life and imitated what they observed from you (Philippians 4:9)?
God Is Honest
The Father is honest with you because He is the truth (John 14:6). Leading your children by being open with them is one of the ways you can honor God.
- When was the last time you confessed your sin to your child?
- When was the last time you asked your child to forgive you?
- Do you respond to all of the sins in your home equally–as far as transparency, vulnerability, forgiveness, confession, and reconciliation?
God Is an Encourager
The Father uses kindness as a means to motivate you to change (Romans 2:4). It is His great love for you (John 3:16) that transforms you (Romans 12:1-2).
- What was the last specific way you encouraged your child?
- Is your child more aware of your pleasure in him or your displeasure in him?
- How often did you encourage your child today? This week? If you have not encouraged your child lately, you have something special to look forward to today.
God Is a Servant
Christ is the epitome of servanthood. One of His purposes for coming to earth was to serve you, which is at the heart of the gospel (Mark 10:45).
- Would you consider your home an other-centered home?
- How are you regularly serving your children?
- Does your family have peripheral vision? Meaning, they quickly see the needs of the home, and they are eager to do it.
A portion of this kind of serving includes acts of sanctification like confession, honesty, forgiveness, kindness, encouragement, motivation, and humility. Serving your family biblically is more than washing dishes; it’s active repentance too.
God Is Love
Love is an action word. The Lord is the ultimate action Lover. He is not distant or passive when it comes to His children (John 1:14).
- Do you take the time to engage your kids meaningfully? Do you proactively plan time with your spouse and children in mind?
- Do you relate to your spouse the way you want your kids to relate to each other?
- Practically speaking, what does your love look like toward your spouse and your children?