GET TOGETHER – Bring Them Up In the Lord
Eph 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
J.J. and I have been blessed with five beautiful grandchildren. One of the main motivators that God uses in having us to pray for our nation is the future of our children and grandchildren should not the Lord return first. We love spending time with all of them.
One of the things that I do with Judah age 11 and Micah age 7 is play tag football and basketball with them. It helps me to stay in shape and it is something that I really enjoy. Recently our games had been getting a little testy and I might not have been a good example to them in demonstrating good sportsmanship.
Well, the Lord always uses J.J. to help me when I get a little off track. So, she said why don’t you start praying with them when you play with them. What a great idea that was. I really know that was the Holy Spirit putting that thought in J.J.’S head. So, the last few times that we have played we have either started, finished, or done both by praying. What a joy it is to hear them pray and thank God for the opportunity and the time that we have together. The quality of our time has gotten much better as well. They are teachable about how to get along and encourage teammates rather than fussing at them. And it has been beneficial to me as well.
Right now, the world is using a lot of ways that will attempt to give children a mindset on lots of things that are different than a Biblical mindset. I would encourage you no matter what the occasion may be that when you are spending time with your children or grandchildren use it as a time to teach them Kingdom principles. You can do that in fun ways no matter what their interest may be.
Paul is telling the fathers not to provoke their children. The Greek term for provoke
is parorgizo, par-org-id’-zo. It means to provoke to anger. There had been some days when we were playing that I had been doing that some. Although I was kidding when I scored a touchdown, they as children didn’t see it that way. I realized that I was not modeling Christ like behavior.
The King James Version uses the word nurture for training. The Greek term paideia, pahee-di’-ah deals with training, instruction, chastening, and disciplinary action. When we approach even our fun times as a means for helping children to enjoy and participate in activities in a Christ Centered manner the Holy Spirit can use those times to teach not just the children, but all of us who play with them valuable Kingdom Lessons.
The Scriptures are so consistent on how important that it is to teach children about the Kingdom. Here are just a few : De 11:19 “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Ps 78:4 We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done. And never forget what Jesus said about children Mt 19:13,14 “Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them.But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
The world is going after children with demonic things in a way that I have never seen in my lifetime. Remember when you are having fun with your children that the word recreation can be broken down as re-creation. Let God use it as a time to recreate you into the person that God desires for you to be. Let it be a time for God to re-create these children into boys and girls that will serve God at an early age. And that they will experience the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living everyday of their lives and forever and ever into eternity.
Let Us Pray
Lord in Your word you have told us to do all that we do heartily as unto you and not unto men. Lod help us to teach our children, grandchildren, and others that you have placed under us how to experience the good things that you have for us in a way that honors you. We need your help in this. Help us to crucify our sinful nature and reflect Your Glory no matter what we are doing.
In Jesus Name
Love You All