Worship involves our entire lives. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” So when you meet with the church, eat food together, pray, sing, or talk about your week, it should all be done for the glory of Yahweh.
One of the things we’ve tried to impress upon our children since they were very small is that everything matters: what we do, what we say, why we decided to do what we did. God hears all, sees all, and knows our deepest thoughts and feelings better than we do ourselves. So if we live our lives for Him, then everything matters. As we grow in our relationship with Yahweh, this naturally transitions from obedience out of fear to obedience out of love….because it’s now who we are, because of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit.
Children learn a great deal from example. The more they see you live your life in love with Yahweh, the more this seems the way of life; the way life should be. This is a big reason why we incorporate our children into our church gatherings (and into the rest of our lives). We value them as individuals, as body and soul that God created, will indwell, and will give Spiritual gifts for the church and to impact the world.
It’s been exciting to see the oldest children in our church grow and participate more and more in our discussions. Because being a Christian is part of their everyday lives, and they are used to being a part of the church, they are more and more ready to share their thoughts and questions – even the shyest of kids. This past week, one of the boys (now 16) walked around the room a bit while we read from 2 Corinthians. At the part about not being yoked with unbelievers, he asked how that balances with being salt and light in the world. We got into a great discussion of what being yoked means and how that translates into everyday life for them as teenagers.
I just keep thinking, they are only children for a certain number of years. After that, they will make their own decisions with less and less weight given to what I have to say or how I live. They will be adults. They will still grow and change as we all have, but now is the time that so much of how they see the world is being formed. Like I said, everything matters.