But Jesus said, Suffer little children [Allow the little ones to come to Me-AMPLIFIED], and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven-Mt. 19:15.
Train up a child in the way he should go-Pr. 22:6a.
[Concerning Abraham, God said] For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD-Gen. 18:19a.
These verses may initially seem disjointed to you, but they have a couple of things in common. First, they involve children or young people. Second, they emphasize pointing these young ones in the direction of the Lord.
I was recently stirred concerning the incredible responsibility that we have concerning the youth among us and concerning my own children in particular. Charles W. Conn, an old Church of God preacher had some strong words to say concerning this matter:
. . . .many who call themselves Christians have never really been born again. . . .There are those who have heard the gospel, and have given assent to it, but have never accepted it personally. . . .They have known the fact of Christ without knowing the reality of Christ. . . .
I believe that this is particularly true in regard to many of our church young people. . . .Many of them have been brought up in our Sunday Schools, have participated in our youth programs, have sung in our choirs, have listened to our preachers without ever personally being born again. Many of our young people are in the church through tradition and loyalty more than through individual choice and conviction.
The blame for much of this lies with us parents. It is a dangerous error to take it for granted that our children will have the same conviction and the same dedication to Christ that we had.
We make a further mistake when we leave it up to the church to bring our children to conversion. The home, probably the family altar, is a much more appropriate place to lead our young ones to Christ. If we parents, sensitive as we are to every mood of our children, cannot lead them into the new birth in the secure and familiar surroundings of their own home, how can we expect the church to do it in the short time they are there?
Now, I realize that these are stern words. They may actually upset you a bit. They are also challenging words. Rather than simply being upset, why not let them motivate you to definite action? Let’s do everything we can to bring them to a place of genuine conversion!
Micah PerryPosted by Pastor Micah Perry on Feb.04, 2017