2 Timothy 3:15
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
A parent must never underestimate their ability to influence their children. Many parents get frustrated because they feel that their children are not growing fast enough in the LORD. When you look at the verse above, one thing that is evident in Timothy’s life is that he had parents who taught him the Scriptures from a child. Did their teaching profit? Absolutely! Timothy became the right-hand helper of the Apostle Paul. He would have never been able to help the Apostle had his parents not taught him the Scriptures from a child. There are several lessons parents can learn from this verse that will help them as they train their children.
First, it is never too young to start training children the Scriptures. The verse above says, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures…” Many parents make the mistake of thinking that children won’t understand, but you must never underestimate the power of the Scriptures. Before my daughter was born, my wife played the Scriptures so that she would hear them in the womb. When she was born, I took the time to record me reading all of God’s Word so that she could hear her dad reading the Scriptures at night when she was asleep. My friend, just because a child can’t communicate doesn’t mean the Scriptures can’t influence them. There is nothing better to help influence the mindset of a child than the reading of the Scriptures as an infant. Don’t put a limit on what God’s Word can do; instead, be sure they regularly hear the Scriptures read.
Second, training the Scriptures at a young age helps the child to get saved at an earlier age. The verse above says that the Scriptures “are able to make thee wise unto salvation.” I believe one of the reasons I got saved at such an early age is because my parents read the Scriptures to me. Don’t ever second-guess how reading God’s Word to children helps to prepare their heart to get saved at an earlier age.
Third, training the Scriptures at a young age helps to mature the child. The verse above says that the Scriptures are able “to make thee wise…” I believe a child who is under the influence of God’s Word matures faster than the child who never hears it. Your child will mature much faster if you are sure to let them hear God’s Word in your home. I advise that you play God’s Word in the background of the home so that it can sink into the child’s heart. The power of hearing God’s Word will begin to work on the conscience of the child.
Fourth, training the Scriptures at a young age grows the faith of the child. You would be wise to let your children hear the reading of God’s Word if you want them to grow as believers. The faith of a child will be strengthened more quickly than adults because the child has not set logic as a limit on God’s ability. Your child’s faith benefits greatly by your reading of God’s Word.
Fifth, training the Scriptures at a young age gives God a better chance to use that child in a greater fashion. Do you want the LORD to use your child? If you do, you give them the best chance to be used by letting the Scriptures sink into their heart. The Scriptures are more influential to a child when they become the primary voice over the world’s voice. God has a better chance of using your child if you get them under the hearing and influence of the Scriptures.