“As For me and my house, I will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Question: “What can I do to assure my child will serve the Lord?”
Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchased of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Many years ago Fanny Crosby wrote this classic Hymn. It still expresses my confidence in my secure position and relationship with God. I can know I am saved –but what about my children?
I recognize that my children are free-willed, moral agents and must choose to serve God just as I did–but I believe I can claim God’s promises for their salvation.
“For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39).
In order to have this “Blessed Assurance” there are things we as parents can and must do. We all can buy some ‘Salvation Insurance’. You buy insurance to protect your family in case calamity strikes. You pay a small price now, consistently, to insure you are protected against the unknown later. Just so, there is a price you must pay when your children are young to assure their salvation for eternity. There is a life you must live, consistently, before your children in order to point them toward God.
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6).
Salvation Insurance, Benefits and Conditions:
- If you want them to be stable Christians, you must make up your mind you will serve Jesus Christ yourself. You must draw a line in the sand between you and the ‘world’ and you must not cross it.
- You must be present at church every time the church doors are open. You must not make excuses.
- You must not send them to Sunday School nor do you skip Sunday School and show up for Morning Worship, you must bring them to Sunday School.
- If you want them to worship God, they must always sit with you so that they can see and hear you worship, aloud and fervently. If you want them to sing, then you must sing with all your heart. If you want them to respect the Word of God, you must stand up when the Word is read.
- If you want them to respect preaching, you must stay in the Sanctuary when the Minister is preaching. In fact, help him preach.
- You must not just hope your children go to the altar, you take them to the altar. You allow them to hear you pour out your heart. You allow them to hear you repent. You allow them to hear you weep. You allow them to hear you speak with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. Your children must hear you pour out your heart to God for them, they must feel your sincerity – they must feel your arm around them in concern and love.
- If you want your children to respect the House of God, then you make sure you do not talk in the Sanctuary during the service – you must never chew gum in church.
- If you wish them to respect their Pastor, then you never have “roast preacher” for Sunday dinner.
- If you want them to respect God’s saints, then you never speak of the saints’ weaknesses and failures. You pray for them.
- What kind of Christians do I want my children to be? Then that is the kind of Christian lifestyle I must live before them.
- What kind of Christian do you want your child to be? Now you know what kind of Christian you must be.
“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).
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