There are not many subjects as important as the subject of sharing Christ with your children. Children will always be children no matter their age, but depending on their age, you may want to change how you share who Christ is with them.

Regardless of their age, though, your children need to hear about Christ. Everyone needs salvation, and the earlier you can share Christ with your kids, the better. I say this not only because the sooner you know Christ the better, but because children are usually more open to the Gospel than adults.

Ever since my sons were born, I would sit down and read to them from a children’s Bible. And once we finished reading it, we would start all over again. As we read that Bible, we would talk about what we read — and, let me tell you, it is fun to talk about what the Bible says, especially with your kids! Once they grew older, my boys chose to receive Christ because they were ready and, I believe, in part because of all the reading we had done.

If your children are older, it will likely take more time, careful thought, and prayer to share the Gospel with them. But it is important to share Christ with them in a way that they will hear and understand. It is a great victory and honor when your children or family members accept Jesus, so don’t give up! Pray about how to speak to your children in a way that they can understand, and then keep praying!

One thing is for sure, just as author Mary Wollstonecraft once wrote, “Convince a man against his will, He’s of the same opinion still.” In many ways, the best way to show Christ’s love is by example, and the Bible confirms this in First Peter 3:1 (NIV), “Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives.”

Although this verse is about wives submitting to their husbands, the principle is still the same. Over time you can win your family to Christ by your example as you submit yourself to Christ. But, certainly, share Jesus with your family members as much as they’re willing to listen. And even if they stop listening, continue showing Christ’s love to them by the way you live your life.

God bless,

Joel Renner