Do these words ever come to mind when you think about the prospect of discipling your kids?
Let’s take a look at Peter…
In Matthew 16:18-19, Jesus says to Peter:
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
This man that Jesus calls the “rock” of His church, is then called Satan and after that betrays Jesus three times on the night that He was suffering. How could this man be chosen to be a leader of the Christ-followers? Because God uses those who are failures, inadequate, and unqualified.
Have you ever heard it said that God doesn’t call those who are qualified, but rather He qualifies those He calls? God has called you as a parent to disciple your kids. If you’re a parent, you’re called.
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Here’s the unique thing about this relationship: You are a disciple too. The best way to be a good teacher is to be a good learner. Your example of discipleship is far more effective than just telling your kids what to do.
Let go of those feelings of being unqualified, inadequate, and a failure. Focus on being a disciple and setting an example for your children.