Deuteronomy 6:5-7 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Those who know me well know how much I love our four grandchildren, Madeline, Katherine, Rebecca, and Anna. They have brought Dawn and me tremendous joy and pleasure, beyond anything we deserve or can imagine. Beyond the blessings and joy, God has also given Dawn and me a great responsibility in discipling these four young ladies. This is serious, and we take this Scripture to heart, especially loving God and impressing His Scriptures on the hearts of our granddaughters.
I know some grandparents who have said, “I raised my own children. I have no desire to raise theirs.” This breaks my heart. In reality they were basically saying they are finished with the task of discipleship when it comes to their grandchildren, and they will leave that task to the parents. I am so thankful God has given us an opportunity to aid Matt and Tami in showing the four girls what it means to follow and obey God, a simple definition for discipleship.
Here are several things grandparents can do to disciple their grandchildren…
Hang out with God. Take them to church or let them see you there. One of our grandchildren asked me one time, “Grampy, do you work at church?” My response was, “No, I just love being there with God and his people. And I totally love serving others.”
Read God’s word. Let you grandchildren see you reading God’s Word. Talk about what you are reading. Read it with them.
Answer their questions. Don’t be afraid of their questions, which are often very good and relevant, and sometimes very difficult. Their little minds are often grinding. Don’t be afraid of letting them know that you have questions, too.
Be authentic. Do your best to live out authentic faith in front of your grandchildren. The disciples were far from perfect, but Jesus used them anyway. In fact, it seems quite clear that God likes using imperfect vessels so that He gets the glory instead of us.
Thank God for giving you the chance to be a grandparent. I pray the legacy I leave will be a lasting one…. “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your (grand) children.”