Are your children on the ark? I recently saw a statement written by Traci Jaco “Tonight during the message my nine-year-old son, Jay, came to the realization that the children who were not on the ark didn’t make it. He looked at me with such a sad, questioning face. All I could say was “Their parents didn’t make sure they were on the ark.” The weight of that statement is still weighing on me. Of all the things that I do for the Kingdom of God. NOTHING is more important than making sure that my children find their way to a relationship with Jesus.”
Billy Graham wrote a message in 1955 which describes problems that seem hauntingly similar to those of today. And the answer to every one of those problems is still the same-Jesus Christ. This is what he wrote: We are beginning to reap what has been sown for the past generation. We have taught the philosophy of the devil, who says, “Do as you please.” Behaviorism has been the moral philosophy of much of our education in the past few years. Psychiatrists have told parents to let their children do as they please, lest in restraining them they may warp the children’s personalities.
We have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it. We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion and the Bible.
Many of our educational leaders sneer at the old-fashioned idea of God and a moral code. Movies feature sex, sin, crime and alcohol. Teenagers see these things portrayed alluringly on the screen and decide to go and try them. Newspapers have played up crime and sex until they seem glamorous to our young people.
I want to give a few suggestions to Christian parents. First, take time with your children. Your children not only require a great deal of your time, but they long and hunger for it. Cut out some of your so-called “important social engagements” and make your home the center of your life. God will honor you, and your children will grow up to call you blessed. Proverbs 31:28 “Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
Second, give your children ideals for living Teach them moral and spiritual principals of life. Show them that only the morally and spiritually right attain genuine satisfaction in life. Third, set your children a good example. Fourth, plan activities for your children. Plan things together as a family. Fifth, discipline your children.
Ephesians 6:4 says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” In Proverbers 13:24 is says, “He that spareth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” And in Proverbs 19:18, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”
The best way of influence your children is to set an example before them. Remember, the majority of children acquire the characteristics and habits of their parents. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Sixth, teach your children to know God, and bring them up in the church. Very seldom do parents thave trouble with children when the Bible is read regularly in the home, grace is said at the table and family prayers take place daily. In Romans 10:13 we read, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”