YOUNG PEOPLE NURTURED IN GOD’S PRESENCE
A generation of young people born in Zion (the Church) and raised by God-fearing parents have a special place in the end-time Church. At every level of growth in children, God has made provision for them to be nurtured in His presence. In these troubled times, when the divorce rate in many nations, even among Christians, is as much as fifty percent, when single parents are an accepted norm, and the traditional family unit is fast becoming an extinct species, it is important to address the issue of God’s place in the Christian home.
There are a few questions we should ask ourselves. Are the biblical principles that we so willingly say amen to on Sunday practiced in our home? Do Christian children honour their parents? Are we praising fathers and joyful mothers at home? Is the home a place of prayer and praise? Is the home a place of joy and peace? If we can’t say amen to these questions we must ask ourselves why.
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS
One of the greatest joys and greatest heartaches in our lives can stem from our role as parents. God’s Word tells us that children are a blessing from God (See Psalm 127:3), and we know this to be true. And yet, there are times when we wonder if it really has to be as difficult as it seems. Many aspects of today’s modern culture add to the challenge of effective parenting, gnawing away at the confidence and authority God has assigned to us as Christian parents (See Proverbs 22:6).
One consequence of this is that we can succumb to these pressures and fail to fulfil the responsibilities God’s Word has set down for us. Ephesians 6:4 instructs us: “Bring [your children] up in the training and admonition of the Lord”. If we neglect this responsibility, and fail to effectively model appropriate God–honouring lives before our children, we shouldn’t be too surprised if they show little interest in making Jesus the Lord of their lives. Though we may hope that children’s church will do a good job with Bible readings and God-focused activities, it is the home where the greatest testimony of God’s existence should be.
WINNING OUR HOME FOR JESUS
One beautiful little boy in our church recently came up and stared at me for a few seconds before his mother reached me and said, “Pastor Tom, he thinks you are God.” I told him that was not true, but I could see he wasn’t convinced. To him I was God walking around the church. I later thought about the incident and realised how much influence pastors have on their congregants. In the same way, parents have influence on their children and must be diligent to serve as godly role models. It’s wonderful for children to read about Jesus in the Bible, but a far greater impact is made when young people see their parents demonstrating godly characteristics.
So much emphasis has been placed on winning the world for Jesus, and we must do so, but our efforts should not be at the expense of the Christian home. If we cannot win our children to Jesus, there is little merit in leaving the house to evangelize the world. God has a great plan for Christian families in the last days, and He has promised to do a magnificent work by pouring out His Spirit on sons and daughters.
...and it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…Acts 2:17.
There is arising a generation of children and young people mentored by Godly parents who will have a special place in the end time move of God. They are children who are born in Zion (the Church), raised by God-fearing parents, and they carry a strong calling on their lives.