Q: What does my child need?
What do I want for my child? What do I want my kids to look like? I don’t mean their appearance or their clothing choices; I mean what values do I want to pass on, what character traits do I want to emphasize, what do I want them to see as truly important?
In the final analysis only one thing is needed and that is Jesus. (Luke 10:42) When I have Jesus, I have forgiveness, salvation, hope, a future, protection, assurance, comfort, and all the rest. In Christ, we have it all and nothing more is needed.
So, first and foremost I want to pass on Jesus to my children. I want them to know Him, to cling to Him, and to be attached to Him. I want them to trust Him in every situation. I want them to run to Him in every trouble. I want them to look to Him as the source of every blessing. How does this happen? This happens by the power of the Holy Spirit who works through the means of grace (Word and Sacrament). And so, I share the promises of God with my children. I worship the Savior together with them. I have home devotions with them. I talk about God’s love with them. I use the opportunities of daily living to talk about God and His Word.
Yes, this is truly the most important and only thing “needed” to pass on. In Christ, we have it all. But God in his generosity does not stop there. He blesses us with additional gifts, such as the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. God also gives us gifts in all sorts of areas to be fostered and used to his glory and to serve others. And then God puts us in unique settings and circumstances, where we can use the gifts He gives.
So what are the unique circumstances and settings for my child, and how can I help my child with the individual needs they have here on earth? In my coming blogs, I will be writing about some of these needs and what we can do to meet them.