Let’s talk about our children. When I use that word, I really mean children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews – any young person or young adult whom God has placed into your sphere of influence. Raising children is perhaps both the most difficult and the most rewarding and blessed of all opportunities we have on this earth. Every young person that you influence for the Lord will then reach out and influence others for Him. Just think of the eternal effects of that! So, raising kids is a mighty important and impactful job!
Let’s start at the beginning. When our kids are born, we are so excited and full of joy. We think about all of the potential and opportunities they will have in their lives. We think of all the good they will do, about all of the great family times we will share. Then at some point, we all come across bumps in the road so to speak, and we begin to think we might have bitten off more than we could chew in bringing these young ones into the world. That would be true if it weren’t for the fact that we have the Lord. He perfectly designed your family, gave you the children you are supposed to have at the perfect time when you were supposed to have them. He knit your family (kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.) together exactly how He wanted it to be for His specific and beautiful purposes.
So, what is the most important first step? It is planting the seeds of salvation into their spirits. Face it. All of life is a battle of wills – the flesh versus the Spirit (Gal. 5:17). You know that. Think of your own life. Every day you make decisions between following the flesh and following the Spirit of God. You decide whether to get angry or be patient, whether to be selfish or generous, whether to love or hate, whether to forgive or not. Our children are no different. They want what they want, and just like us, they have to be trained to make Godly choices in life. The only way any of us have ever or will ever be able to conquer our flesh is through Christ, because until we receive Him as Lord, our flesh man dominates. Once Jesus Christ becomes our Lord, God’s Spirit within us dominates, and that is the first time we really have the tools to live a victorious life. The glorious thing about that, though, is that God has placed within each of us a spirit connection with Him, an inborn desire to know Him. It’s there in each of us, no matter how young. We can only be complete in Him. He is always drawing us to Him from the minute we are born. So, your primary job as an adult with influence upon a young person is to show them the road to salvation.
My husband and I have five children, and when they were young we noticed that once they were saved, their desire to obey us and to be led by our instruction increased. Why? Because once they met the Lord, they desired to please Him, and part of pleasing Him is growing in wisdom and walking in obedience to and taking guidance from your parents. Does their salvation mean we will now all be walking in a bed of roses? No, but it makes all the difference in our ability to lead and guide and reason with them, because now we can find common ground. God will be able to speak to them from His Word
Over the years, I have heard many people say that their children are still too young to know the Lord or to truly understand what salvation really is, so they are too young to be saved. I couldn’t disagree more. It really doesn’t matter what I think, though. I don’t see any evidence of that thought process in the Bible. Jesus said to let the children come unto Him (Mt. 19:13-14).” In fact, Jesus tells us to receive the Kingdom of God like little children (Mk. 10:13-16). He didn’t disqualify any by their age. Think about, when you were first saved, did you understand the full ramifications of everything that meant? Of course you didn’t. If you had understood it, you would have made the choice a lot sooner in life to be saved. Remember, it is with the heart, not the mind, that we believe unto righteousness or by which we are justified (Rom. 10:10). God took you where you were and started you on your journey to know Him. As you walked with God, though, you discovered more and more how sweet it is. God takes your children just where they are, too, and desires relationship with them from the minute they are born. He has known them from before they were born, before you did. God designed your children to know Him and be in fellowship with Him. He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), and no one is too young for that blessing. It’s the same Blood shed for them as was shed for you.
Kids…a mighty big topic to blog about. I guess we’ll talk more about these wonderful creations in our next meeting. Until then, remember that you are serving God by raising up these mighty warriors for Him!
Realize the good work you are doing,
If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this: Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption. I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me. Amen.