16 Jul 7 Verses To Raise Little Sheep Into Shepherds
We want to raise our kids well, into leaders. We want to raise them on God’s word, to know it, understand it and be able to share it. But sometimes we’re at a lost as to how to do this.
These verses will simplify and bring into focus what exactly God wants us to do with His word. Here are 7 verses that will help you raise your little sheep into shepherds.
We cannot just make our kids memorize scripture and think our job is done. Regurgitating information is not what changes and molds people. We have to teach them the heart behind the words so they understand the why’s and how exactly to live it. Just like the old saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
7 Verses To Raise Little Sheep Into Shepherds
1. Matt 22:37-40 (ESV) And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
The last line really brings this verse home- the entire law depends on these two commandments. And what are they? Love God with all that you are and love your neighbor as yourself. The heart of every single law God made is based on loving Him more than anything else and loving and doing for others as you would do for yourself. If you focus on loving like this, your heart is rooted in the perfect soil so everything else will grow in the right direction.
2. 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
Paul says here for people to follow his example because he is following the example of Christ. If you want to know what loving God with everything your are or serving others before yourself looks like, look at the example Jesus gave us while He was here on this earth. He is the ultimate role model.
3. John 10:27 (ESV) “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
To really hear God’s voice and know what He wants you to do, you have to know His word first. You have to be in the Bible consistently- reading, dwelling, praying, asking, and seeking. Then you will begin to know His voice and how to follow it because it lines up with His word and you will know how to be still and discern His voice through all the other noise.
4. Matthew 4:19 (ESV) ‘And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”‘
Have you noticed a pattern? Follow. When you love someone (like the first verse), out of that love you will be compelled to follow them (like verses 2-4). When you decide to follow Jesus and become passionate about the Bible, His love letter to you, it will naturally pour out to those around you. Whatever is in your heart will come out of your mouth (Matthew 15:18), so people will begin to hear and discover your love for God.
5. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
When His word is written on your heart, it naturally comes out of your mouth. And Jesus tells us to go a step further. When you love someone, you do what they tell you (John 14:15). Just like we raise our children to listen and obey us, we should be listening and obeying God the Father. And this is the biggie that He wants us to do- go make disciples. If our love for Him is already pouring out of our mouth from our heart, this is the next step.
6. Matthew 5:16 (NIV) “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
If His word is in your heart and coming out of your mouth, people will see and hear. Good works should naturally pour out of your love for Him. People will see that. You will become an example like Paul in verse 2 because you are actively following Christ.
7. Galatians 6:9 (NIV) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Obviously living in a broken and sinful world, loving God with your whole heart and living your life for Him is going to be challenging. We will struggle and we will fall in the process. But we can rely on God to give us strength and endurance to keep going (Philippians 4:13). Do not give up. There is an eternal reward we are striving for (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). It’s greater than anything this earth can offer.
I hope this helps you simplify things and gives you a starting point to teach your children. And maybe you’re like me and realize after reading this that not only do I need to teach this to my children, but I really need to work on being the example for them as well. See? Win-win.
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