MAIN TEXT: Ps. 127:3-5
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:
and the fruit of the womb is his reward…(Ps.127:3)
This mindset makes you to see God as the owner of your child and that you are just a steward who will ultimately render account of how you raised the child to God.
Please note the following as caretaker of the children that God has given you:
You are not the property owner but a privileged representative.
Look around, you will discover those of your age, who never had the privilege of having their own children. Some of them never had the privilege of getting married in the first place while there are those who got married but never experienced the joy of parenthood through no fault of theirs. That you got married and have your children should be a source of appreciation to God by you because the story is not the same for everyone.
You are to care for the property according to the instructions of the owner.
If your children belong to Him, it follows that you must take care of the property the way the owner asked you to do it. One of the most important assignments of the owner of the children is that of teaching and training.
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov.22.6)
You must neither abuse nor allow the abuse of the property.
As a parent, you have a responsibility of ensuring that your children are always paid attention to, so that they don’t get into wrong hands.
Your wages will depend on how satisfactory your stewardship of the property is.
God has not asked you to labour in vain over these children. When you bring them up in the ways of the Lord, fulfillment is one of the most significant wages that you will receive for your stewardship over them. (Ps.127:4-5)
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:
they shall not be ashamed,
but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate. (Psa.127:4-5)
However long it takes, a time of accountability will come.
Prophet Eli was a great man of God. However, in the area of the training of his children, he was a failure. Though he succeeded as a prophet of the LORD, he failed in the area of the training of his children.(1Sam.3:11-14)
The Way You Handle Your Children May Determine How Joyful Your End Will Be.
There are people who spend their later years in sorrow and even die early as a result of the effects of lack of training in the life of their children.
As a caretaker, you must take your assignment seriously and ensure that you do not disappoint God that gave you the assignment. May you not fail God in Jesus’ name.
DISCUSSION POINTS WITH YOUR SPOUSE
• In what ways have we been raising our children in the ways of the LORD?
I receive the grace to bring up my children in the will of God in Jesus’ name.
PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR JOY DURING OLD AGE MAY DEPEND HEAVILY ON HOW SUCCESSFULLY YOU TRAIN THEM. – Dr. Mike Oluniyi