“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
The gift of life is truly a blessing as well as an enormous responsibility. When new life comes into a home, parents and families are now responsible for one who is totally dependent on others for every aspect of life…for their physical care, emotional care, and spiritual care.
Physical care becomes the primary focus for most, along with concern for emotional well-being. Spiritual development is often relegated to the future, once the child is older, but ultimately may or may not enter into that child’s nurture and care. However, it needs to be a priority from the beginning.
The verse in Proverbs 22:6 speaks to caregivers and parents regarding a child’s spiritual development and its importance. So, how can you be certain you are providing for your child’s spiritual care?
First, be certain of your spiritual well-being…your relationship with God. You can only model and teach that which you know and practice. Pray for your children everyday…their care, safety, well-being, and health. Pray for their salvation and spiritual development. Set an example before them as a follower of Jesus by the things you say and do, which includes your faithfulness to Him and His church. Bring them to church, both Sunday School and worship. Read God’s Word to them for their benefit as well as your own. Above all, ask for help…lean on family, friends, and your church family.
“One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.’ And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.”
Sunday - Proverbs 22:6
Monday - Matthew 19:13-15
Tuesday - Proverbs 17:6
Wednesday - Proverbs 15:5
Thursday - Ephesians 6:1-4
Friday - Luke 2:41
Saturday - John 3:1-17
Lord, thank you for the blessing of new life. Give us the wisdom to train up our children in your ways, O Lord, so that the day will come when they will surrender their lives to you. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts