I was about to hit the sack, when my son Zoe popped up a question “mommy is God here?” Then, with my sleepy eyes I answered yes, He is here with us. He replied, “He can see us, but why we can’t see Him? I told him, that God is in heaven and He is powerful that He can see us from there. I continue by telling him that He also lives in his heart, in his brother’s & dad’s heart and in my heart as well. And that, if you have Jesus in your heart you will be a good person. And again, he blurted another question, “then why there is magnanakaw (thief)? Did God create them?” Astound, I answered, God created humans but not magnanakaw. It’s a sin and satan created it. What is sin? Who is Satan? Those were the follow up questions. So I answered, Satan cause people to do bad things. That’s why when you have Jesus in your heart, you have to share Him to other kids so they’ll be good. And the conversation ended with a question “mom, there is only one God?”
John 14:16 says He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. God is Omnipresent. The prefix omni is a Latin word meaning “all.” So, saying that God is omnipresent means that God is present everywhere and He dwell in us. Isiah 57:15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:“I dwell in the high and holy place,and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
And we have only one God. 1 Corinthian 8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
My children usually throw questions about their favorite toy characters, or maybe about a character in a book that we recently read. Although we sometimes read bible stories, they are not as interested about it as they are with their favorite toy characters. That’s why I was surprised to hear those questions and even teary eyed answering it. It was heartwarming that somehow, in his heart, he has developed a curiosity about God. From that curiosity, it motivates me to be intentional in teaching our children about Jesus.
Deuteronomy 6:5-8 says, 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.
This has led me to examine two areas of my life. First, my relationship with God, second, is my parenting style. The bible is very clear, it is our vital responsibility to teach our children to follow and live for Jesus. There is no way I can teach my children to follow Jesus, if I myself is not a follower of Jesus Christ. And so, I am reminded to take God seriously, to pursue intimacy with Him, to truly follow Jesus and be a responsible disciple and be a good model to our children. Pursuing those will coincide with my husband and I desire, for our children to grow loving and honoring Jesus in their lives. And to make it realistic to the innocent mind, it should start from us, parents, and it should transpire in our home.
Ephesian 6:4, Fathers do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.