Saturday, July 18, 2009

A Parent's Responsibility

"Parents! I do hope you are all endeavouring to bring your children to Christ by teaching them the things of God. Let them not be strangers to the plan of salvation. Never let it be said that a child of yours reached years in which his conscience could act, and he could judge between good and evil, without knowing the doctrine of the atonement,without understanding the great substitutionary work of Christ. Set before your child life and death, hell and heaven, judgment and mercy, his own sin, and Christ's most precious blood; and as you set these before him, labour with him, persuade him, as the apostle did his congregation, with tears and weeping, to turn unto the Lord; and your prayers and supplications shall be heard so that the Spirit of God shall bring them to Jesus."~ Charles Spurgeon
Let us remember the awesome responsibility we have as parents, to bring our children up in the nurture and knowledge of the Lord. Keeping them forever grounded in the word, praying for their souls fervently and never tiring of training them in righteousness is far more important than a great education, extracurricular activities and landing that perfect job. These other things are not bad in and of themselves, but if we keep an eternal perspective about our parenting, they pale in comparison to the reward our children will receive through godly discipling.
"Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

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