Interactive Flash presentation of the Gospel:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

God is ... but are we -- available to our children?

“I AM with you always,” Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:20b

God … Jesus … and the Holy Spirit
always available to us
His children

But what about
our children
Are we available to our children
or are other things
of more importance
always taking precedence?

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Are we teaching our children about God, about Jesus, His ways?

Do our children learn about prayer – family prayer / personal prayer?

 Do they learn about faithfulness, patience, fairness, sharing, courage, honesty, overcoming fear?

If we are too busy now to spend quality time with our children,
what will we do when we have time to give and they are not available?

Will our children grow up to be just like us? Will it be a positive thing or negative?  Will we not see it?

Children learn first from their parents or other caregivers, watching their movements, listening to the sounds of their voices. They pick up and put on these traits. And then we wonder the why of it all.

If we do not make time to live our life pleasing to the Lord, our children will see how we live and do likewise.

If our preferences take us away from the Lord’s commands, then our children will follow in our steps.

If reading and studying the Bible is not our cup of tea, then we are missing out on all the Lord has for us – His guiding principles, His blessings, His promises, and so are our children.

We, as Christ’s followers, are complete in Him. He abides in us and we abide in Him. He desires so much for us – His children, as individuals, parents and children. We can be oh so much. Our children – we must teach them, love them, show them the rights and wrongs in life according to our Holy God.

Are we obedient in all things of God or do we allow Satan to take advantage of us? We cannot pretend we don’t know what Satan is up to. (See II Corinthians 2: 9, 11)

When will we turn away from that which is wrong? If we claim we do no wrong or we see no wrong, then we are not honest or faithful to God or ourselves. We let Satan lead our every movement and then we say we didn’t see it coming.  But we do see it coming… we choose to ignore, we refuse to ask God for help.  

The Holy Spirit within us shows us, tries to get us to see the error of our ways, but when we have no regard for Him, refusing to see or hear, we are effectively saying God is not important, and our children follow suit. They too question the importance of God and don’t know who Jesus is or what He represents.

Whose way do you follow?

 Whose way do you obey?

 Whose way is your master?

 Whose way will bring you through the many perils of life?

 Whose way has your best always at heart?

Do not forsake The Way of Christ.

 He who loves you is there for you Always -- for you, for me, for our children past, present and future. Do not turn away from Him who gives you the gift of life to a life that is filled with death and destruction.  

Take to heart the message in this song, The Cats in the Cradle -- 

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