Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)
This morning I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with a father and mother who are trying to do things right. Their daughter, age 7, had approached them a few days before our meeting and announced that she had asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. She had been thinking about it since she had started reading her Bible. Her desire to profess Christ as King had grown little by little and when presented with the gospel at our recent Christmas Musical she made the decision that it was time to make her desire known. While this profession was cultivated through a particular ministry of our church by no means could we take the credit. Her acceptance as Jesus as Lord and Savior is a result of the endless prayer and discipling by her parents.
Through talking to them I learned that they have been cultivating Christ into the lives of their children before they were even born. The little girls mother told me of the times that she read the book of Proverbs to both of her daughters while they were still in her womb. What an amazing thing that while the hands of the Creator formed their little bodies their mother was sharing the Word of God with them that would one day transform their hearts. Both father and mother went on to say that they have made family devotions a priority in the lives of their children. But the exciting thing to me was that the devotions didn’t stop at breakfast but they used teachable moments throughout the day to instruct their children in godliness.
This meeting reminded me that what we sow isn’t always reaped today. For this particular family they made Christ a priority in their home for 7 years before they yielded the desired result. Investing into our children takes time and we must remember to take that time. One of the first things that the little girl’s father expressed to her mother when he heard about his baby girl’s profession of faith is something that I want all parents to grasp with complete clarity, “This is just the beginning and we must continue in this discipling process for the rest of her life.”