GOT KIDS? Children Grow in Wisdom When … part 2
Children grow in wisdom when parents move toward their children with God’s Word and the gospel.
Your years with your children are not a sentence for your sin by God but are years of opportunity. The ultimate goal for the Christian home is not worldly success but is an eternal goal that is beyond academics, sports, and career. There is an ultimate way a child should go with eternity as the destination. Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
To train up means to dedicate. For the Christian parent, that dedication is to Christ-centered living. The gospel needs to be the daily focus in the home so your child sees that the means to live life in wisdom is found in and through Jesus Christ. This begins with you, the parent. If you want your child to be passionate about Christ, you pick up your own passion. In Arabic, the term “train up” refers to rubbing the palate of a baby with a date mixture so they will begin sucking motion. It is to accustom a taste and be motivated to take it. Give your child a taste of Jesus Christ and motivate them to continue to dig for the riches of the treasures of wisdom in Christ.
Our children are born with hearts of rebellion that want to keep them immature and foolish. Proverb 22:15, “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.” I will cover the rod in the weeks to come but it is an instrument that is to drive your child toward wisdom. It is the responsibility of the parent to move first to their own heart and then toward the child’s heart before you move to their buttocks.
Here is a guiding Proverb for you as a parent; “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away form the snares of death.”
In class this Sunday we will look at the fool in Proverbs but with a mirror: 🙂