And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.—Luke 2:52
Luke describes the development of Jesus as a child and mentions four things that can guide our thinking about the things we emphasize in our own children.
The first word is wisdom. That’s more than just knowledge. Wisdom provides children with life-skills and deeper understanding regarding their perspective about life.
Stature refers to physical development. It has to do with height but the idea is that he was physically growing and developing. We want our children to be healthy.
Favor with God implies a nurturing of one’s relationship with Christ and how to live for him. Helping our children to grow close the Lord is very important.
Favor with man teaches children how to relate to each other, to parents, and to people in general. That starts at home but continues on to others as well.
Our goal is to be like Jesus. As parents our desire is to help our children to be more like Christ. What areas might you influence your child to grow today to be more like Christ, not just in the future but now?
It’s helpful every once in a while to stop and consider these four areas and allow God to speak to us as parents about the specific needs of our own children.
Lord, please give me insight into the hearts of my children. I ask that you would help me to know how best to stimulate their growth. Please help me to think broader than the immediate situations I see to the bigger issues of their lives. Amen.