“Little Vipers in Baby Diapers”


One of the most wonderful experiences that one can partake of this side of heaven is becoming a parent, especially a Christian one! From its precious beginning when the budding father hears those unforgettable words, “Honey, I’m pregnant!” to our very last breath, parenting is one special blessing (and personal awakening) after another. In regards to awakening, I am referring to what each parent learns incrementally about himself during each stage of their child’s development. Children are God’s heaven-sent sanctifiers to reveal to us our own natural-sinfulness and heart-selfishness. 

In pertaining to the parental blessings, this wonderful pilgrimage is one of constant realization of how God amazingly uses sinners such as us to be the very means of bringing never-dying souls into this fallen world (and hopefully, one day, into heaven itself). Let us never forget that these blessed souls are fashioned by God Himself to adore and worship Him both now and forever (Psalm 139:15-16; Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 7:9-10)! But if we, as Christian parents, only see in our Christian parenting the need for our own personal sanctification (1 Peter 2:4-5; 2 Peter 3:18), we are sadly missing the point of our unique calling. This calling, properly understood and lived out, by God’s grace, will make a difference in our children’s lives (1 Corinthians 7:14-16). Therefore, let us never forget, that our little and soon-to-be big gifts from the Lord (Psalm 127:3), are fallen sons and daughters of Adam and Eve (Romans 5:12). They were conceived in sin (Psalm 51:5) and were born in sin (Psalm 58:3). And they began their lengthy earthly lives as smoldering volcanoes of sin (Jeremiah 17:9); but now, we must raise them. Sure, but how? God says that we must raise them unceasingly for Christ by wisely-wielding God’s Holy Law at them (Romans 3:20; Ephesians 6:1-4), while at the same time, lovingly-serving them the balm of the gospel (Matthew 11:28-30). So then, let us reprove them consistently (Proverbs 3:12, “for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father, the son in whom he delights”) and diligently (Proverbs 13:24, “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him”). Let us drive sin from them through a proper use of the rod (Proverbs 22:15, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him”), so that they may learn wisdom (Proverbs 29:15, “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother). And may we do so, while never forgetting the following words of Neil Postman, “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” In conclusion, let us draw near to God, first, by taking heed to our heart preparation today, for encountering the living God tomorrow, in our public Worship service, both through our praises and prayers to Him, with God’s people; and secondly, through our attending to the reading and preaching of His Holy, inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria! Happy Reformation Year 500!!

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