A Life Lived For Christ
Category : General
Ephesians 6: 4 (KJV)
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Be careful, father, or while you are taking one lap around the devil’s track your boy will make six. — Billy Sunday
The word “nurture” – “The education of the mind and the morals” – They are trained in the ways of God; “admonition” – “exhortation” – They are led in the will of God.
First and foremost, it is the parent’s own example which tells in the religious education of the young. The father who would bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord must see to it that he is himself walking in the ways of the Lord; that is, give them good instruction, withhold not early correction, set before them good example, begin with them betimes, and suffer not the devil, the world, and the flesh, to bespeak them for their service before you engage them for God’s; and remember, that there is a tie of nature, a tie of interest, and a tie of religion, which parents are under thus to do. According to our text it is instructing them in the knowledge of divine things, setting them good examples, taking care to prevent their falling into bad company, praying with them, and for them, bringing them into the house of God, under the means of grace, to attend public worship; all which, under a divine blessing, may be very useful to them; the example of Abraham is worthy of imitation, Genesis 18:19, and the advice of the wise man deserves attention, Proverbs 22:6.
Some of us are going to reap a bitter harvest one day because we are teaching our children that homework is more important that church on Wednesdays. We are teaching them that their extracurricular activities at school are more important than the Lord. Some of us are teaching them that excelling at sports is more important than excelling in the things of God. If that is the case, we are missing the boat with those children and there will come a day when they will show us just how well they have learned the lessons we have taught them and that is giving God last place in our lives.
Have a great and God filled Father’s day!