Parents: when your kids ask, “why do we follow these rules God gives us?” be ready to answer them the way Moses directed — by telling of God’s saving work. Here’s a sampling of some ways we can do this that Jack Klumpenhower gives in his book:
- Kids, why do we share with others? “For you know the grace the of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake be became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
- Kids, why do we stay pure? “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
- Kids, why are we called to forgive? “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
- Kids, why should we strive to be kind to others? “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Parents, work hard at connecting the good news of Jesus Christ to Christian behavior rather than simply saying, “because I said so,” or “God says so.” We must become skilled at taking the truths of God and pressing them into the hearts of our kids.