“Why has God given us our Children?”

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Have you ever taken the time to consider how good God has been to you? If so, did not your list seem endless? Let’s just ponder a few of them right here: He has saved you by His grace, forgiven all of your sins, given you the Holy Spirit to indwell you, and provided you with a copy of His eternal Word in your own language (Romans 10:17). 

Wow! Amazing! Further, he has given many of us wonderful spouses and also blessed with precious little ones (Psalm 127:3). Now, why has he given us our children, whether it was through procreation or adoption (Psalm 113:9)? Answer: Simply put, to perpetuate the faith to the next generation (Psalm 78:1-8; 102:18). Indeed, God has given us this godly offspring (Malachi 2:15), to send forth the gospel to a time we will not see! Therefore, we must see our children as a stewardship from God... as precious gifts to bring to faith in Jesus Christ. So then, we must make our homes little worlds of Christian love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13) or beautiful realms that live and continuously speak the gospel in many wonderful direct and indirect ways (1 Corinthians 7:12-16). In fact, God has always worked salvifically in such places (Acts 16:1; 2 Timothy 3:15). Christian parents should always labor toward this great end with much hope, believing that God intends to save their children (John 5:34; 2 Peter 3:15). However, we must realize and continually remind ourselves that such labors will always be a labor indeed. That is, in our efforts to be spiritually responsible Christian parents, we will be challenged. This means that seeing our children truly come to Christ will rarely be (despite what others may tell you) as simple as pie one-two-three. In fact, in most cases it will take tears and years. These years will involve: (1) fighting off our own desires to get them to pray a prayer and hit the baptismal waters as soon as they say “Jesus, I love you” (Which is really more often for the comfort of the parent), (2) countless hours of careful instruction, (3) much patience to see them through to discipleship rather than to decisionship, and finally, (4) many hours of travailing in prayer before our Merciful Creator, whom we desire that they come to know in their youth (Eccles 12:1)! What I am driving at is this -- we must come to grips with the fact that salvation is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8-9), and is thus entirely dependent upon God’s mercy (Romans 9:6-29). Yet, God having placed our children under gospel proximity, and privilege, has given us a sign for good! Let us then pray and aim to reach them for Christ. The time spent will be worth it! For they are, “living messages that we send to a time we will not see” (Neil Postman). Love on them. The time is very short!!

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