Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
On Sunday in Bible Study, we were talking about the danger of relying on your parent’s salvation…assuming that because you were raised in a Christian home that you are saved. RELIGION vs. RELATIONSHIP. I suggested that a lot of parents may breathe a sigh of relief and exhale when their child accepts Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior. But, rather than exhale…parents need to do the opposite. THIS is the moment to really dig in and train a child up in the way he/she should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). On a whole, discipleship of new Christians is lacking- even pertaining to little children. We send them to Sunday School, Children’s Church, RA’s, GA’s, and choir and we leave the teaching to those capable individuals. These teachers and kingdom servants are integral in the Christian community and plant seeds that may bloom and grow over time. They are also parental support, however they should not be the primary resource if the child has Christian parents. We are to pass on the wisdom and knowledge that the Lord has passed on to us through the Word. We are to lead by example and we are to nurture their personal walk with the Lord.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
Fathers (and mothers, too!),do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
I think God may have been preparing me for this week…at least I hope so.
Tuesday night, after our bedtime prayer, Eric sat up in bed -his eyes a little teary- and blurted out “I want to be saved”. What? Did I just hear that right? “What does that mean to you?” I asked. “A whole lot, Mom!” he responded. So he and hubby and I began to chat…”Saved from what? What does it mean to be saved? What are you feeling and when?”…and the conversation continued. We asked him to pray again before he settled into bed. My heart just sprouted wings! After he went to bed I emailed the Children’s Church pastor and asked if we could get together.
I had recently had a discussion with a friend about how you know your child has the heart for God and not just head knowledge of God. My thought was that as a Christian- and as a mother- you will know. I have to say, as his mother…looking at his face Tuesday night…the misty emotion in his eyes and the smile when he told us how much it means to him…I know. Praise the LORD- I know.
I think of that prayer that I have prayed so many times. The very same scripture I wrote in the front of both of their Bibles.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Yep…I’m going to keep praying that scripture over my kids.
Tonight, on Thursday, September 19, 2013, my son surrendered his heart to Christ and asked Him to be his Lord and Savior.
This is just the beginning of the journey. While there is overwhelming joy, there will be no exhaling…just pressing on.
It seems like just yesterday when I took this picture of our two year old waddling ever so clumsily through the pumpkin patch. Seeds have been sown and now, at age seven, we are seeing a harvest. But, there are still many, many growing seasons to come and there is work to do. I am so excited to teach and watch as his faith grows with each passing year.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
PS…Thank you Pastor Mike for stopping in tonight after your long trip to counsel and pray with him. You’ve planted more seeds than your could ever know!