|myself & baby Lily|
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day and that includes one of the sweetest things we do at The Community Fellowship. That is baby dedication. We love kids at our church, and babies are so cute (until you have to change their diaper…then you hand them off… oh well).
Four families came to the stage and began to share about their child. Ohhhh, these are cute little ones. There were three precious baby girls and one cute baby boy. Our church family oooo-ed and awe-ed over them. Lots of pictures were taken as well. These are sweet moments.
But this is not a situation to take lightly. It is important that as parents we make a choice to give our kids Jesus and the truth of the Bible in truckloads, with direction, with passion and with conviction. God has a plan for each of these little ones.
It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin.
How we lead our kids matters. I asked each parent about his or her commitment, and each one responded with a positive commitment to raise his or her child to fear and to know God. I prayed that these kids would one day accept Jesus, that God would protect and guide each home, and that they would seek God together. This is a huge promise to make in front of the church and to God. It is important to think about it and then to make it happen.
So I step back for a minute and realize that we are making our kids a target. Listen in for a minute. When we chose Jesus, Satan gets on our case. He pursues us. He is our enemy and will do all he can to get us pointed away from God and even to tear a part our families.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Don’t stop there. Our children also become a target of our love and of our example. If our kids are to know Jesus, that is not the job of the church or of other family members. It is our job as moms and dads to show our kids how Jesus acts, how Jesus loves and how Jesus brings out the best in us.
Yet our homes too often become battlegrounds instead of safe zones. It is a fact that our kids and we are a target for Satan. Have you chosen to point your family toward Jesus? Then take some steps to make this target stick as our family has.
Daily family devotions are important to us. Spending time with you children on a regular basis is important. Love your spouse in front of your kids showing them what it is to be kind, compassionate and loving. Let’s stop leaving the education to “we hope they get Jesus” and target our kids for God.
The old statement is true … if we fail to plan, we plan to fail. May God help us to plan and plan to win with our kids. May God take hold of our lives and our kid’s lives in big ways. I realize, and I pray you realize, that this starts with me and with you. Lets keep on making our kids a target for God!
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children