As I have mentioned several times before, we take very seriously our role to train our children, just like many of you. Of course, this is no easy task. We make mistakes. We get lazy. Sometimes it is just too easy to ignore training needs in the midst of busy days.
Mistakes we will make. But I have found that a lot of my "mistakes" are really sin on my part that require my repentance.
Most of us are familiar with the following Proverb:
"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (22:6).
What does train mean? Does it mean occasionally tell them about Jesus? Does it mean be faithful to Sunday School? Does it mean read a Bible story every night, and don't forget to say the blessing? Does it mean give your whole life to sharing the Word with them, maybe memorizing it with them, and training them in spiritual applications through daily teachable experiences? Does it include teaching that little girl to not only be a little girl who loves Jesus but also preparing her to be a godly Biblical woman and teaching that little boy to not only be a little boy who loves Jesus but also preparing him to be a godly Biblical man?
To train someone is no casual thing. When a soldier begins his military service and begins with boot camp, he experiences training. Is his training casual? Is it sporadic and inconsistent? No, his training continues day after day from sun up to sun down.
Do our precious children deserve any less? And as Believers, aren't we preparing our children for an even more intense battle? (Ephesians 6:10-20)
Consider what the Lord commanded the Isrealites:
"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
Does this sound like "raising" children in the casual sense we see all around us or diligent "training?"
Unfortunately, someone or something is training your children. Is it you? Do you like what you see?
More next time. . . . .
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