Jesus’ 10 New Testament Principles for Parenting: Principle No. 7 – Share The Power Through Choices (Part 2)

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

Do you realize that Jesus never healed anyone who didn’t approach Him for it or had someone else approach Him on their behalf.  He never forced anyone to accept the transformation that the Kingdom of God would bring into their lives.

In fact, that is often what drives us crazy about God, why doesn’t He just tell us what to do and we will do it?

Jesus wants His children to make choices because it causes us to grow.  When Jesus called out to those men who would become His disciples He said to them,

“Come, be my disciples, and I will show you who to fish for people.”  (Matthew 4:19)  Implied was the question, will you choose to leave your livelihood as fishermen behind, to come and follow me?

In all the hardship that they would endure, the disciples could never say that Jesus forced them to follow.  It was their choice.

Jesus wasn’t interested in robots for His children and neither are we.  When we offer choices, we engage our child’s whole being as to what they are going to commit to.  Right or wrong, it is their choice and they are going to live with it and learn from it.

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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