Born to us
Children. Psalm 127:3 say that children are a heritage from the Lord. God’s gift to us.
They come into our world as babies, crying and cooing. What a handful and a bundle of joy they are, all at the same time. Uncorrupted and innocent, their lives a clean and white sheet.
Seems a wonder how they grow and learn so fast. Give them a remote control, an ipad, and before long, they have mastered their use. And into the world they will come. Not knowing good from bad. Like a sponge they will absorb all the information easily obtainable; from the TV, from the internet; whether good or bad. With that, they will have their likes and their dislikes. Characters are formed; behaviors adopted; maybe the same, but usually different from their parents.
Bred in the world
What about learning spiritual things? Can they grasp that easily? From whom or from where do they learn spiritual things? At home where we as parents or grandparents, we can read to them the Bible, we can teach them truths, and they can learn how to pray. Spending time with Jesus. As Jesus puts it ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’
Then as they continue in age, schooling, tuition, homework and other things begin to divide their attention. They may neglect to read the bible and stop praying.
Groomed in the Lord
We know that as believers, we need to have intake of the Word of God, for nourishing our spiritual lives. 1 Peter 2:2 say “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,”
Children too, will want to learn God’s Word. We as parents, as grandparents, can pass down our knowledge of God to them. As we learn from scriptures ourselves, we can teach our children. Don’t just send them to Sunday school. Together with your children, go through their Sunday lessons, memorize scripture verses, and pray.
Children listen well to you as parents, as grandparents. Start them young. Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
We are not alone in raising our children in the Lord. God is beside us each day, teaching and guiding us. God is telling us to “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Together we pass on our Jesus knowledge.
Brother Melvyn Yong
Superintendent, Junior Sunday School