No more waiting, it's time to build God's little houses
“No more waiting, it’s time to build God’s little houses”
It doesn't take too long for a parent to figure out how much a "do as I say, not as I do" approach falls short as a parenting strategy. Rather, children respond best when word and deed align. In this post, I want to emphasize the importance of a parent's love for God's Word in cultivating a child's appreciation for Scripture and prayer.
There is no way around it, if we as parents do not love the Word of God and spend time in it, our kids won’t. I’m not talking about pushing the Bible on them, but rather being an example of what it looks like to have a healthy appetite for God’s Word and His presence. This is done through showing our kids through living out a lifestyle that values prayer and time in His Word in our day to day living.
It is possible that we can inadvertently be teaching our kids through our actions and attitudes to not value God’s Word by minimizing its role in our lives as parents. Just last week I was reading in the book of Haggai, God says, "These people say, 'The time has not yet come to rebuild the LORD's house. Then the word of the LORD came through the prophet Haggai "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?" God is trying to impress upon our hearts that we should be careful not to inadvertently be expressing a double standard to our children as the people in our text is expressing.
In other words when it comes to what we want we try to make it happen without fail, but when it comes to the things of God and what He wants, now we try to be spiritual by saying “I need to hear from the Lord first”. We can very well be teaching our kids to assume negligence unless we receive a direct Word from him. The people in our text assumed neglecting God’s house first by saying it’s not time.
Why couldn’t they assume the position of obedience to building God’s house until he tell them no, not you I got other plans for you. Why couldn’t they assume that when God said build my house that he really meant that! My point is this, we are all aware that God expects for us as parents to raise our children in the admonition of the Lord, just as God expected the people in our text to build his house, but many of us are assuming negligence to God’s command from Ephesians 6:4 “And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
We are assuming disobedience to God’s most basic expectation of us as parents to train up a child in the way he should go, he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Why can’t we assume that God meant what he said, until he tells us otherwise? We don’t do that when it comes to what we want. Church it’s time to build God’s little houses and it begins with us as parents in our homes. The church was never meant to take the place of the parent in this task, but rather God has assigned us to support what we assume you are already doing at home through Sunday school and bible study.
I am pleading, begging parents as Paul did; please don’t provoke your kids to wrath by neglecting this great responsibility to ensure training in the Lord through home training and Sunday school and bible study training. We have a large portion of our members who do not send their children to Sunday school where they can receive basic knowledge of God’s word.
To neglect this we are literally provoking them to neglect, resent, oppose and be indifferent to the Word of God as they grow older. This is not to say your children will not stray from God, but I would like to assume that if they did you would want them to have fighting chance of getting back to him through the teachings received at home and the church.
Without this our children become easy prey to the enemy to kill, steal and destroy. In closing you and I as parents has a responsibility to assume that God meant what he said and not to assume negligence by saying it’s not time, I don’t have time, I’m too tired, I want to sleep in, I’ll get around to it, I got more important things to do.
I plead with you as parents take on a serious role in training your children in the Word of God by sending them to Sunday school (better yet you come with them) and by living a lifestyle where the Word of God is highly valued in our day to day living. If it is not important to us, it won’t be important to them now and possibly never.