The gift you cannot buy

Posted on December 23, 2015 · Posted in Gospel, Parenting

By now almost all of the gifts are purchased. The planning is about over. Now comes the actual giving. However, there is one essential gift that you cannot buy, but it will make the biggest impact of any gift that you give.

This one special gift is giving God’s word to your children. The best way to present the this gift to your children is to have that Word dwell richly within you.  A full, energetic relationship of Christ’s word dwelling in your heart is a magnificent gift to your children. See Deuteronomy 6:5-7 and Colossians 3:16.

Love your children enough to do a personal evaluation of just how precious the Word of Christ is to you.  Are you thrilled to open your Bible?  Seriously, how much time is given in your life to knowing God’s Word so that you will be able to be a faithful shepherd to your family?  God wants you to adorn the life of your children with his precious word.

Simply confronting behavior isn’t really much of a gift!

But if your intention is to address the heart biblically, only a deep love of the Word of Christ will make your instruction special. When there is a problem with your children, what are you looking for? A solution to quickly calm things down — or are you looking to see how the Word of Christ can bind the relational wounds that your children both inflict and receive?

How special is knowing the Word of Christ to you?  How much do you rely on this Word as you guard your heart? Remember, you are always a shepherd to your children. Some days you may not be an especially good one, but you are always a shepherd nonetheless. Your children always need your shepherding care.  The most important component of that care is to have the word of your own shepherd, the Great Shepherd, dwelling richly within. It is the gift you cannot buy.


Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.