“And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”
One of the reasons that John the Baptist turned out so well was because of his parents. The influence of a parent on the life of a child should never be underestimated. Certainly, a child has a free choice to do whatever they want to do, but a parent’s example and influence will give a child the greatest opportunity to turn out right if the parent does right. The parents of John the Baptist were the type of parents who gave their son an example to follow, and that example helped him to become the respected man of God that he became. When you study their lives, you see five trademarks they exhibited that every parent should try to exhibit. Let me share with you these five trademarks.
First, his parents were saved. The verse above says about his parents, “And they were both righteous before God…” A child has a much better chance of serving the LORD when their parents are both saved. The reason a saved parent has a better chance of influencing their child for right is because a saved parent has the Holy Spirit of God living inside of them who can guide them into all truth concerning their child. If the only reason a parent gets saved is to be able to get the help from the Holy Spirit to train their children, that of itself is a great reason to get saved.
Second, his parents obeyed the Scriptures. The verse above continues to say, “…walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord…” Telling your children to do right is not good enough to make your children do right. The best parent is an example to their children by obeying the very commandments that they expect their children to follow. You cannot live a sinful life and expect your children to turn out right. Children learn the hidden sinful habits of their parents and often exhibit them in public when they become adults. Though this is not true in every situation, it is often the regret of parents who didn’t live a life for the LORD.
Third, his parents were blameless. The verse above says that John the Baptist’s parents were “blameless.” This doesn’t mean that they were sinless, but it means that nobody could point their finger at them and say they did things that were not right to them. If you want your children to turn out right, you must learn to treat people right. You never want your children to grow up having to avoid people because you mistreated them. Just like the man of God is to be blameless, so should every parent be blameless so their children have no reason to throw something back at them about how they treated others.
Fourth, his parents were a people of faith. Verse 13 reveals that John the Baptist’s parents prayed that God would give them a child. Children need to learn faith from their parents. I’m glad that children can learn a trade from their parents, but the best thing a child can learn from their parents is how to live a life of faith. Your children need to see God honoring your step of faith. Nothing will encourage a child to serve the LORD like seeing God honoring the faith of their parents.
Fifth, his parents served the LORD. John the Baptist’s father was faithful to his office of the priest. My friend, the greatest example you can be to your children is to be faithful to your duties as a Believer. Being faithful to church, soul winning and ministry obligations will teach your children the importance of serving the LORD.