Apr 27, 2009

Monday Devotional: What Is Our Primary Purpose For Raising Our Children?

by Cranston Chester

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. (Matthew 19:14 NIV)

As the father of toddlers, like our Heavenly Father who said “…plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11), I want nothing but the best for them. I’m often thinking that I would like for them to be scholars first then everything else thereafter. Even though that is wonderful, it never sat well with me because something was missing. In Proverbs 22:6, the scriptures say, “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it”. (NIV). This scripture can be interpreted as each child has special gift(s) from the Lord and we have a responsibility to nurture them as parents.

And we should!

Then I remembered growing up as a child attending a missionary school in kindergarten. Whenever I remember the songs we sang, it always brought joy to my heart. It also convicted me when I was in the “world”. My eyes were opened to this scripture (Matthew 19:14) one day by a man of God when he said that our primary purpose for raising our children is for them to have a “personal” relationship with God the Father through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Everything else follows. We cannot answer for them on judgment day, but we can lead them to the Light that is higher than us.

We can have daily devotional time with our children and teach them how to pray. This should be a fun time because this is the least we can the do with the gifts(s) He blessed us with in our children. Continue to encourage them that they should always pray “first” whether they are in a good or bad situation. Also, continue to be the loving and caring fathers to them as your Heavenly father is towards you. Even when disciplining them.

Children learn mainly from what we do not what we say, we must have a personal relationship with God that is “visible” to them. Even though God blessed us all with free will, whenever our children become young adults, can we look ourselves in the mirror and truly say that we did all we can to lead them to Christ?

It is never to late. Simply, ask God to not only bless you with the wisdom, but to order your footsteps to teach your children about a personal relationship with Him. Then be open to His will being done in their lives!

No comments:

Post a Comment

We welcome your comments. Please keep them family-friendly.