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Your Great Commission As Parents

BY Regan Hewitt

Parents, if you did not already know, you are the primary disciple makers of your home. The fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20), also known as God’s purpose for your life, starts with you leading your children. That is a hefty calling, but do not let its weight burden you (Matthew 11:28-30). However, you should also not have the ego to think that you can accomplish what only Christ can do (1 Timothy 2:5, John 6:44).

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8

 Of course, this role is not an excuse to forsake the blessing of community, especially after the season of isolation you and your kids have just endured. Christ has designed us for connections (Romans 12:5, Hebrews 10:25). We know your kids need to catch up on cultivating relationships, making memories and establishing a firm spiritual foundation. 

It is my prayer, however, that while reengaging in your social circles this fall – sending kids back to school, visiting with friends and family and worshiping at your local church – that you do not lose sight of your influence. God’s desire is for you to be the primary source of spiritual investment in the lives of your children (Proverbs 22:6). 

 Metaphorically speaking, if the plane is going down and the air masks drop, you are not ringing for the stewardess or asking your neighbor to help your child before doing it yourself. Likewise, you need to make sure your own mask is secure before rushing to their aid. 

 “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.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

 Model for them what it looks like to read the Word daily. Invite your kids into your prayer life and share how God is responding. Be like Jesus and break bread together, consistently! Be willing to show them your scars and shed light on how Christ has redeemed you and is using your story for His glory (John 1:5, Philippians 1:6). Their first reflection of their Heavenly Father will be through you.

Neel Dixon

Elementary Director 

Highpoint Church 

September/October 2021 Tour Collierville Magazine