As a parent, it is your responsibility to provide guidance and leadership to your children. You can do this by setting an example of model sanctification – being a disciple to your children in the most important aspects of life. It’s not just about teaching your kids the right values but leading them in applying those values and habits to everyday life. Here are some tips on how to be a model of sanctification for your children.
First and foremost, what is sanctification? According to Grace Theological Seminary, “Sanctification is one of those religious-sounding words that people in the church use, but may not understand what it means. In its most basic sense, to sanctify something is to set it apart for God’s special use and purpose.”
Knowing this definition, then it is important to be intentional in setting an example of sanctification for your children. How can we help our children be a generation that is set apart? Here are my favorite tips. Pay attention to each section as there is a verse to help you on your sanctification journey.
Be A Role Model In Word And Deed
In order to be an effective role model of sanctification for your children, you must lead by example. This means that you must demonstrate the qualities you want them to learn through both word and deed. Teach them how to speak kindly and respectfully, and demonstrate these qualities yourself in all situations – both at home and away from it. Show them how positive words can make a difference in someone’s day, and encourage them to think before they speak so their words are intentional and meaningful.
If we want our children to exhibit a certain behavior, we must have that behavior. I cannot expect the boys to pray and read scriptures if they never see their father and me doing it too. We must be intentional in our own spiritual growth and discipleship so we can encourage them to do the same.
But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.2 Thessalonians 2:13
Another important aspect of modeling sanctification is teaching our children the importance of responsibility. Show your children, by example, how to take responsibility for their actions and words. When they make mistakes, teach them how to own their mistakes and learn from them. This will help to instill within them a sense of responsibility for their actions and words.
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.Acts 26:18
Model Self-Control And Patience
It’s easy for children and adults alike to act out when faced with difficult emotions or challenging circumstances. That is why it is essential that adults who wish to serve as models of sanctification show self-control in even the most trying circumstances. Don’t raise your voice or lash out; instead, use deep breathing techniques or pause before responding when faced with a difficult situation or person. Modeling self-control will help teach your child that patience is essential when dealing with tough emotions or people, and will ultimately help them better manage their own emotions throughout their lives.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.Colossians 3:1
Live Out Your Faith Daily
The best way to model sanctification for your children is by living out your faith daily through prayer, Bible study, service projects, and attending church services – whatever works for you as an individual! Make sure that your actions line up with what you preach so that when it comes time for you as parents to teach lessons about faith and religion, they already have examples of what this looks like in practice from observing you directly on a regular basis.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,Ephesians 1:13
Modeling sanctification can be easier said than done sometimes – especially when we face our own challenges! But if we strive each day to live according to our faith teachings while also demonstrating patience and self-control during difficult times – we can set our children up for success in understanding how their faith should be practiced throughout their lives! With dedication, consistency, and love – we can be great role models of sanctification for our kids! Remember, sanctification is a process, it won’t happen in one day.