Ready or Not……..
Autumn! Back to school, fall decorations, football, autumn leaves, cooler weather, harvest time!
Ecclesiastes 3:2 states, there is "a time to plant and a time to harvest."
When I was growing up on the farm, every spring my dad would set aside certain parts of his fields for certain
crops he selected. It was inconceivable to think that he would plant any seed and not have an idea what it was he
September and October was the time to harvest. All the work and care put into the crops was finally going to
pay off. Autumn crops would sustain the family through the winter and provide the finances needed for the year.
So it is with our children, "You reap what you sow." If you are a parent, what does God want of you concerning
your children? Malachi 2:15b, is very straight forward. "And what does God want: Godly children from your union."
God does not command us to produce good children; He wants godly children. Godly children will become good children not the other way around.
Parents, you are the farmers and your children are the fertile fields. A fertile field will produce anything you put into it.
While the crops were growing in dad's fields, he had to make sure they were cared for and nurtured along the
way. This included removing anything that would hinder the healthy growth of his crops. That's where we as
a family worked together at picking up rocks and pulling weeds. Removing anything that got in the way of
the healthy plants maturing.
Likewise, as your children grow, you need to remove anything that prevents or takes away from raising a godly child. This may include any entertainment or friends that would hinder spiritual growth.
Being careful of the weeds that try to choke your child.
If my dad had left the fields to themselves something would always grow whether it was wanted or not. If we do not invest into our children physically, mentally, and especially spiritually, our children may produce fruit we never intended. Some of the fruit may be bitter or rotten and harvest time would not be a time of joy, but a time of grief.
Farmers cannot stop the seasons, but they plan ahead to prepare for the seasons. From baby to toddler, to preschool, elementary, junior high, high school, and beyond, you cannot stop the seasons of your child's life
either. God wants us to be proactive in our children's lives not reactive. We must be proactive and teach
God's Word to our children. Nothing says this better than Deuteronomy 6:7, "You shall teach them diligently
to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie
down and when you rise up."
Psalm 1:3 shows the outcome of raising godly children, an outcome every parent wants, "They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper."
It truly takes a village to raise a child.
Let's be the church and help parents raise Godly children.
Onward Christian Soldiers,