Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 7 – Share The Power Through Choices (Part 1)

 Jesus modeled this 7th parenting principle of ‘Sharing the power through choices’.

From the very beginning God’s design for mankind has been to share power and make choices.  When the Lord placed Adam in the garden He warned them, “You may freely eat of  any fruit in the garden except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die”.  (Genesis 2:15-17)

God provides Adam with a warning regarding eating of a certain fruit.  With the warning came the choice and a consequence; don’t eat and live with God in the garden, eat it and die.

God provides choices because we would not be truly human without them.  Choices indicate that man is free to have relationship with God or go his own way.

Jesus treated His disciples the same way.  They were free to choose to follow Him, to heed His example and advice or to go their own way.  Thus He honored His children as fellow heirs of the kingdom of God who were free to choose good or evil and to experience the consequences.

Jesus believed that in the end, His children would make healthy choices and would grow up to be healthy adults.  Giving our kids choices says the same thing to them.

If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website.  It is great for parents because it provides the Big Story of God’s wonderful plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.  

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About Liz Hagler

Liz Hagler is the illustrator and co-author of Hooked On The Book. Liz loves to draw silly drawings, write crazy poems, walk her dog down the block, talk to her kids on Skype, and eat taco salad.
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