The Salvation of Our Children Part 2

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Dear believer in Jesus Christ, have you ever carefully contemplated and then recorded how much God has truly blessed you? 

If you have, then you know how exhausting compiling such a list can be. If not, listen closely and then ponder anew even a few of those numerous blessings: (1) He has saved you by His sovereign grace (Jonah 2:9), (2) He has forgiven all of your sins – past, present and future (Colossians 2:13), (3) He has given you the Holy Spirit to dwell within you (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19), and (4) He has given you His precious Word in your own language (2 Timothy 3:16-17) – the very Word that was instrumental in your salvation (John 6:29; Romans 10:17)! Lastly, (5) He has given us precious families: wonderful spouses (Ephesians 5:22-33) and dear children (Psalm 127:3). Why has He given us our children? He has given them to us in order to perpetuate the faith to the next generation (Psalm 78:1-8). God has given us this godly offspring, whether through procreation or adoption (Malachi 2:15), to send them forth with the gospel to a time we will not see (Psalm 102:18). Therefore, we must see our children as a stewardship from God (Genesis 18:19), precious gifts to bring to a saving faith in Christ. We must be moved to make our homes little worlds of Christian love (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15) that continuously proclaim the saving gospel message in many varied and wonderful ways, directly and indirectly (1 Corinthians 7:14, 16). God has always worked-powerfully in such a culture (Acts 16:1; 1 Timothy 5:4; 2 Timothy 3:15). Christian parents should not presume their children will be saved, but instead, they should labor toward this great end with hope, expecting and believing that God intends to save their children (John 5:34; 2 Peter 3:15). However, we must realize and remind ourselves that such labors will be a labor indeed. For in our efforts to be spiritually responsible Christian parents, we will be challenged. This means that seeing our children truly “close” with Christ is rarely as simple as we would like it to believe. In fact, in most cases, it will involve tears and take many years. Those tears and years will assuredly involve (1) fighting off our own desires to quickly “seal the deal” by getting them to quickly “pray the prayer” as soon as they say, “Jesus” or “I love Jesus” (which is really more for the parent’s comfort than for the child’s spiritual well-being), (2) countless hours of clear and careful Biblical instruction, (3) much patience to see them through to discipleship rather than to decision-ship, (4) many hours of intercessory prayer before our merciful Creator and Savior Jesus Christ, and (5) a heart-felt desire that they come to know our Lord early in life (Ecclesiastes 12:1) and then live the rest of their lives for Him alone (Ephesians 6:4). So then, we must recognize, as Christian parents, that salvation is purely a gift from God (Ephesians 2:9), and that it’s entirely dependent upon God’s mercy (Romans 9:14-16).  We must also recognize that God has placed our children within the proximity and privilege of the gospel, and has thereby called us to reach them with this saving message (Romans 10:13)! And I pray that your day of worship, with God’s people, tomorrow, will be the peak of your week’s experience of private, family, and public worship (Psalm 27:8)!

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