Learning to help with chores around your home, at school, or at Grandma’s house is not only a developmental skill for your child; it’s also a tool for spiritual formation. Teaching your child to work plants the seeds of perseverance—how to endure when things are unpleasant, challenging, or downright difficult in order to reap the rewards of a job well done.
The Bible teaches that we are to “never tire of doing what is good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13). It also reveals that ultimately, work that is completed with excellence and a joyful heart is work done as unto the Lord. It is Christ we are serving (Colossians 3:23-24).
Keeping these truths in mind as you labor to teach your child to help can make all the difference. It can transform your tired spirit from thinking it’s high time your child learn to pull their weight around the house to realizing you are helping shape the soul of a child who needs to learn to do their best, work hard, and serve others because that’s one way we honor God and help family and neighbors.
When you notice your child working hard with a happy heart, stop to encourage them: “You helped wipe down the kitchen table, and it looks so clean and fresh. You really served your family well.” Or “Thank you for putting all the toys away without fussing. God is helping you work hard and help your family. Now that the room is cleaned up, we can play a game together!” Linking hard work with its benefits is another way to nurture a serving spirit.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. –Colossians 3:23-24
Originally Published 5/9/2017