“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment woth promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provile not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
God only knows who His elect are. If our sons and daughters are numbered among them they shall be saved. Not one of God’s chosen ones shall perish. Christ shall have those whom He has redeemed. In God’s time He will call His own from death to life by the power of the Holy Spirit. If some of our children are not chosen of God, they will not be saved. They will not believe. And those who will not believe deserve to perish. But it is our responsibility to do what we can to bring our families into the family of God. I offer these words of instruction to you who believe, to you who are interested in the souls of your sons and daughters.
- 1. If You Want Your Family To Be Saved, See To It That You Worship God With Your Family.
If you do not see to it that your children hear the gospel, it is because you do not care for their souls. If you neglected to feed your children, it would be reasonable to assume that you cared nothing for their bodies. And if you do not provide them with the gospel of Christ, both by private instruction and by bringing them to hear the Word preached, it is obvious that you do not care for their souls. You can do nothing that is more positively harmful to your family than to rob them of the ministry of the Word.
- 2. If You Care For The Souls Of Your Children You Will Exercise Loving Discipline In Your Home.
Eli was a believer. He showed his wicked sons the way of faith and life in Christ. He taught them the gospel. He taught them right from wrong. And he prayed for them. But he was a miserable failure as a father, because he exercised no discipline over them. “He restrained them not!” God told him plainly that the cause of his sons’ death was his lack of discipline as a father.
- 3. If You Want Your Children To Follow Christ, Let Them See That You Follow Christ.
By all means, see to it that your sons and daughters regularly attend the ministry of the gospel. See to it that you pray for them and discipline them. But if your religion is all lip service, they will soon detect your hypocrisy. Set before them an example of love for, faith in, and devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.