I have worked long and hard to teach my children biblical principles. Maybe you can relate? Morning circle with bible stories, singing hymns, books of the Bible as memory work… Later, as they grow older, studies on biblical character, singing praise, intentional teaching!

Ladies, the Lord laid something on my heart that I had not fully realized.

While it was good that I was teaching and equipping my children with knowledge and praying for their understanding, I needed to move aside. I don’t mean stopping our morning Bible time. I mean that they need to move into autonomy – their own Bible reading plan, their own quiet time to be still and know that God is God. I am no one’s Holy Spirit. If I equip my children with knowledge but they have not a personal relationship with the Lord God, their knowledge is useless.

John’s words, Chapter 3, verse 25-31:

“They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.’

 To this John replied, ‘A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.’

The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.” 

Understand your role clearly. Your job is to clear the path, point to Christ, and become less. May Christ be glorified.