“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Being a Daddy is pretty cool. It also comes with a lot of challenges and things you wouldn’t think of before. Emmett is always teaching me something new. It might be how I interact with him or how I need to treat him in different situations. Right now he is obsessed with trying to stand up on things and walk. This comes with some difficulties though. He wants to stand and walk so bad but he hasn’t formed the balance and strength yet to do it on his own. Mamma and I spend a little time every day helping him work on this skill. Our latest adventure has made me think of Proverbs 22:6 and how important it is for all of our children.
From a young age we get to spend time with our kids. We teach them how to play, how to eat, how to read, and so many other things. But we also get the chance to raise up disciples from a young age. We have the opportunity to teach them about the Bible, the characters in the Bible, and about Jesus and God. It is important for parents to take the time to plant the seeds of life in our children so that they grow up in the Word. Raising a child up in the Word is important.
But you might be thinking, “I don’t have any children.” or, “My children are all grown up, what could I possibly do?” Just because your children are grown up or you don’t have any doesn’t mean that this Proverb isn’t important to you. We are all responsible as the church to help all of our young ones grow in Christ. We show it with our actions, our interactions with them, and the time that we devote with them. Age doesn’t matter here. We all have something that we can contribute to the children of the church to help them as they grow up. Maybe you have a story for them as they grow, or spend time with them as they get older. Each of us has the job of helping the children in our lives grow closer to Christ.
In this Proverb it is also important to note that the Hebrew word used here for “train” also means to dedicate. We are helping our children dedicate their lives to the Lord. We are helping them so when the world meets them that our children know what to do and how to handle different situations. How are you helping the children of the church dedicate their lives to the Lord? How are you helping them prepare for life? Teaching our children from a young age helps them remember their influences as they get older. Maybe your child has grown up but isn’t following those influences you taught them. There is still time. Continue to pray for them and give them those positive influences. In our lives we are responsible to help our children grow. Look around. How can you help the children of the church grow up in the way of the Lord? The more we can teach them and influence their lives now the more likely they are to stick with the Lord as they develop their own faith. Maybe your children haven’t stuck with it. Pray for them and continue to influence them. They still can go back to the influences they grew up with. As a church, whether we are young or old, it is our responsibility to give our children the teachings and the tools to be successful in life and their walk with the Lord. What can you do to help them?