If we’re going to point our kids to Jesus as the Savior of sinners, then it’s not enough to simply have regular family devotions (or family worship). Certainly those times are extremely important, but as believing parents, we need to create an environment of gospel-telling, and that doesn’t happen with just 15-20 minutes in the Word with them a few times a week. It happens when we combine family worship with the discipline of connecting everyday moments to the cross.
There are all kinds of gospel-connections in life just waiting for you to pounce on them. Last night as we were at the table eating dinner, one of my boys reached over to the fridge and pulled off a magnet we bought at the Houston Museum of Natural Science which had a butterfly printed on it. He asked, “What’s this?” “A butterfly”, I said, “Do you know what butterflies were before they were butterflies?” Both my boys said, “No”, so I went to their bedroom and grabbed a book off their shelf. If you’ve been to a public library in the last forty years you know about The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I moved quickly through the book until I reached the climax where the caterpillar, engorged by fruit, hot dogs, and chocolate cake, wraps himself in a cocoon. The next page reveals the drastic transformation the caterpillar made into a beautiful butterfly. What a sweet opportunity the Lord provided for me to explain to my kids the doctrine of regeneration – “When we run to Jesus to be saved from our sin, like the caterpillar, God transforms us into beautiful new creatures on the inside (2 Corinthians 5:17). He gives us new hearts that love him and want to serve him.”
If these kinds of gospel-connections aren’t obvious to you, they can be. The more you study the gospel, the more clearly you will understand it and love it, which will lead you to meditate on it more, which will open your eyes to connections you can make for yourself and your kids. Study the parables of Jesus and observe how he connected everyday life to the gospel and read books like What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper, and A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent.