Connect question

by Cheryl Markland
Monday, June 17, 2013 | 7 yrs old

My ten year old has not yet made a profession of faith and been baptized. Most of his friends from church have already taken this step of faith. Is there something wrong with my child, or are we doing something wrong as parents?

Just as children physically and mentally develop at their own pace, children will spiritually develop at their own pace. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to direct your child’s desire to become a Christian. It is not the parents’ job to pressure a child into making a decision the child has not been spiritually led to make.

It is the parents’ job to be the spiritual leaders of their children. Are you praying daily for your child to be attuned to the Spirit’s call? Do you pray openly with your child? Does your child clearly see your faith walk? Does your family share worship together both at home and church? Have you shared your faith story with your child? Do you acknowledge God’s leadership in your personal and family decisions?

Continue to model a Christ-like walk before your child. Trust the leadership of the Holy Spirit to prompt your child to ask for and receive forgiveness for his or her sin. Gently point to the Father who loves your child more than you can imagine.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (New International Version, 1 John 5:14)