Judges 8:20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth.
We can’t expect our children to do what we have not trained them to do. They may act the part by wearing the sword but not have it in their hearts. We can’t live out our ministry and our love for God through our children. We must give them the example and then teach them out to do it.
They must have experience or they will fail at that crucial moment. The disciple must start with the smallest homework. As he gets comfortable in his personal walk with God, his bible reading and prayer then he can move along to bigger and better things. Do not fall into the trap of moving your disciple forward too quickly. There are no shortcuts. All you will be doing is setting him up to fail. Do not embarrass him, rather prepare and train him. It isn’t his lack of love for God or lack of hatred for sin that causes his failure rather his faulty preparation or maybe our zeal to produce without proper preparation.