Based on a conversation Pat Aldridge and I had in the car on our way back from the Desiring God Conference for Pastors, I have decided to do a series of posts on "5 Things I Want My Kids to Know..." about a number of different things. This week it's all theological, and today I'll share 5 things I want my kids to know about God. Of course there is much more that my kids need to know about God than the five things I have listed below. For example, they need to know that he is one God in three persons, that he is unchanging, and more. We teach those things as well, but these are five truths that we revisit often.
5 Things I Want My Kids to Know About God
God is Holy God is highly exalted. He is morally perfect, and pure from all defect. He is bigger than we can imagine, but he has been kind to tell us about himself. The holiness of God is his "otherness." God is different from us in many ways. And everything that is true about God (like the following four things about God I want my kids to know) is what makes him holy. Because God is holy, and we are not, we need cleansing and forgiveness. Is. 6:3; 1 Jn. 1:5-10
God is Sovereign God is the supreme ruler over all that is. He is the ultimate King who sees all and knows all and does all that he pleases. What he says he does, and no one can stop him or his plans. He is what causes the grass to grow, the rains to fall, your heart to beat, and your lungs to breathe. All creation continues to hold together and move and live because God says so. He is sovereign. It took a sovereign God to make the world, and it takes a sovereign God to conquer sin and death and rescue sinners from their own guilt. Ps. 93; Mt. 10:26-33; Acts 17:24-27
God is Good God is not just all powerful, he is also truly good. His law is good, and his plans for his people are good. Even when life is troublesome and painful, God works for the good of those who love him. This doesn't mean that God always does what we think is good, but that all he does is good because it is his work, and he is faithful to do what he has promised. Because God is good he can be trusted and should be praised for all things in this life. Psalm 89
God is Forgiving God is holy and sovereign and good, and that really is a lot of different from us. In contrast to God we are weak and sinful. But God is also forgiving. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and sees all of our sins, and still God is gracious and forgiving. His forgiveness is made possible through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus, who steps into our place and takes our punishment upon himself. All who believe in him are forgiven and made right with God (See Friday's post, 5 Things I Want My Kids to Know About Jesus). Ps. 51:7-12; 1 Jn. 1:9; Eph. 1:7
God is Present The omniscience and omnipresence of God might feel like oppressive realities, but for those who have been forgiven of and reconciled to God it is a comfort. The God who knows us and sees us is also the God who is with us every step along our journey. And, he is not only there, but he is there to care for us, and to supply us with grace to endure. To say that God is present not only means that God draws near to us, but that we can draw near to him. God can ultimately be with us (and we can be with him) because he has drawn near to save sinners through Jesus. Ps. 139; Ps. 34:18; Hen. 4:14-16
If you had to boil it down to five things you want your kids to know about God, what they be? What are the "big ones?" Share your thoughts in the comments. By the way, Pat gave his answers here.
[Next Up: Five Things I Want My Kids To Know About Man]