Monday, June 23, 2008

Who should provide instruction?

Most of Timothy deals with studying for God’s glory and managing our families well so they are a good example of Christian living. Titus 1 admonishes fathers to care for their families in a manner similar to Timothy. Both letters instruct that we cannot lead in church when we can’t even teach our own children to live for God’s glory.

Matthew 28:19-20 teaches us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Educators everywhere have "new" ideas for improving the school system. Our children will follow their teacher, so they need teachers who can obey Matthew 28 and not the latest educational fad.

1 Corinthians 15:33 reminds families that we can’t fool ourselves by sending our children to pagan schools to evangelize because, “Do not be deceived; bad company corrupts good morals.”

We need to train our children so their Christian character is made strong so they will confidently “let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:12).

Hosea 14:9 reminds us that “the ways of the Lord are right, and the righteous will walk in them, but transgressors will stumble in them.” God trusts us to raise small beings into eternal heirs reigning with His Son. Surely He will not abandon us to complete the task alone.

Unfortunately, the church is quick to give parents excuses. It is a rare church that offers classes on raising children to savor every gift of God and to study the Word and His World as a family.

This is a way of life-long learning that can only be taught by a Christian teacher who spends large quantities of time with a student.

In Matthew 7:26 it says, “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” We - we need to ensure that our children’s instruction is built on the Rock.

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