How do children rate on God’s list?

Jesus was having a discussion with His disciples one day and they inquired of Him, “Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (Matthew 18:1-5, 10) Jesus called a child to Himself, placed him in the midst of them and said, “Assuredly I say to you, unless you become converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Whoever recieves one little child in My name receives Me. Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven, their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” WOW!! Their angels are likely guardian angels of the highest rank! They always see the face of My Father Jesus said!  The way into the kingdom of heaven is by the simple trust and dependence of a child. The way to greatness in the kingdom is by the humility of a child expressed in humble service.

Psalm 127:3  “Children are a heritage from the Lord.” Loving and caring for children honors God! They are ours only in a secondary sense. He blesses us with children,  entrusting them to us to beloved, nurtured, protected and raised up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. We, as parents, are supposed to be the buffer between our children and the whole rest of the world.

Proverbs 22:6  “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” “ Train up” has the idea  of a parent sowing into a child all the wisdom, love, nurturing and discipline that is needed for him/her to mature in the Lord. “In the way he should go” is to train the child according to their unique personality, gifts and ambitions.

Ephesians 6:1-4  “Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and your mother…that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth. And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” The whole concept of children growing up obeying their parents is not an old fashioned opinion or a false interpretation of scripture. It’s all there in black and white and there’s no gray area. It does not get any simpler than that. It is a mandate from God to our children. God also promises longevity of life on this earth for their obedience!

God holds us, the parents, responsible for the upbringing of our children-not the grandparents, daycares, schools, youth groups or peers! He gave them to us first! Each of these might be of influence on our children, but the final duty rests with us, particularly the fathers. God appointed fathers to be the head of the household to lead and serve the family. These Godly principles are guaranteed for “believing” parents. Also, being an ” at home mom” is often discounted by the world and scorned as being a lesser achievement and does not rate very high on the world’s scale. Hold your heads up high moms because you are making dear to you what is dear to God! Children are precious in the sight of the Lord!  Actually, how many positions are higher than that!  Two things are necessary for the proper raising of children: a right attitude and a right foundation. As parents and a “spiritual umbrella” over our children, we should shield them from the whiles of the world, teach discernment, deposit grace, sow love……..we are that child’s reflector and protector. Whatever we place before our children is what we are going to see in the mirror! Parents if we are experiencing unrest, strife and dissatisfaction in our home, we have to discern where these influences are coming from. Are these things coming from an outside influence…OR are WE the outside influence! Are there things that we have sown into our lives that begat restlessness, strife, etc.? If we are displaying Godly characteristics, that is what we will see reflecting in our children. Many times, even as christians, we say, ” What happens at home, stays at home. We are all adults in the privacy of our own homes”. Remember what I said about “blowing smoke at yourself”? Friends, do not deceive yourself and do not let Satan rob you of God’s promises in regards to your family’s health,  finances and peace!  You may be temporarily “hiding” your choice of how you spend your time from the world. However, God Almighty is omnipresent. We can not teach our children one standard and live another. We should be sowing the best of what God has to offer into our children in order to guarantee a successful harvest. Anything less will result degrees of crop failure! Parents, I encourage you to realize the importance of what God has blessed you with. Do not listen to the world and become weary in well doing. What an honor to be deemed a temporary steward over some of God’s most cherished possessions! Daily, claim God’s promises over your children! Let them hear you pray over them! Making these things a part of your family’s lifestlye will bring you great honor and happiness that money can not buy! Remember, your not just impacting one generation, your impacting generations to come! Leave a legacy!!

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