How often do you brush your teeth? How often do you bathe? How often do you use deodorant? We do a lot of things every day to stay clean and healthy. We make sure that our children learn that they need to brush their teeth every day. We tell our children to bathe every day. We make sure that they know that they are supposed to be physically clean. Why do we put so much emphasis on our outward bodies, but do not teach our children about their spiritual hygiene? Because physical cleanliness leads to a healthier lifestyle, should we not teach about the benefits of spiritual cleanliness?
Ephesians 6:4 says “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord,” (ESV). If we were to focus on that second part, would we not see better young people in this world? We must train children to obey the Lord, and we need to teach them how much we love the Lord. Adults need to take responsibility of living out a faithful life in front of our children.
When I was little I remember being asked “Did you brush your teeth?” every night before bed. Why would we not add to the list of hygiene things that we ask kids such things as “Did you read your Bible?” or “Did you remember to pray?” Such things as these would benefit a child greatly. Why do we not ask kids about these important topics? I remember waking up thinking that I had slept in and sprinting into the bathroom to take a shower, but it turns out that I had only been asleep about an hour. It had become second nature for me to wake up and go take a shower that even when I was panicked about being late I hurried to go take one. Could we not train up our kids in righteousness so that they know how they are supposed to live and take good care of their spiritual hygiene? Remember that eternity is longer than this life.