Focus on the Family

How to Answer Your Child's Faith Questions, Part 2

Here are more answers to questions your child may ask about God.

Q: What Does It Mean to Have a "Relationship with God"?

Jesus died for your children so that their sins could be forgiven. But why? So that they could have a close relationship with God, their heavenly Father!

Make sure your children know that God is eager to have a relationship with them. In the words of John 14:23, "Jesus replied, 'If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'"

God wants a special friendship with your kids, one He can have with no one else because each child is one of a kind. In this private relationship they get to know God in their own unique way.

Children need to know that deciding to accept Jesus as Savior is the beginning, not the end. Getting to know God is something exciting they'll be doing for the rest of their lives. Here are some ways to help your kids understand that:

Q: Why Should I Obey God?

Your children won't always understand why God says to do something. But if you're teaching them who God is and what His character is like, they'll be more likely to trust that His way is best. Children also need to know that, whether they understand the reason or not, it's vital to obey. Their obedience does not depend on their understanding; He is, after all, God.

For your children, turning their lives over to God means agreeing that He knows what's best for them, and that He has a great plan for their lives. It means entrusting their dreams and ambitions to His care (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Q: Why Is Following Jesus Hard?

"Being a Christian is just too hard!" If your children feel that way, they'll appreciate the truth that we don't have to live the Christian life under our own power (Philippians 1:6). Let them know that their part is mainly to cooperate with what God wants to do in their lives. He's right there, ready to help them become more like His Son.

Point out to children that if they've received Jesus as Savior, God is with them continuously through His Spirit who teaches them from His Word, reminds them of His way, and gives them strength to make the right choices when they ask for it. God is for them, cheering them on, helping them grow to the next step.