I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
by Adena Pedigo
On May 31st, 2014 my youngest child graduated from high school. My husband, Tim, was honored to speak at his graduation ceremony. One of his illustrations was. “A child from kindergarten through 12th grade will spend 2,160 days, or 18,900 hours, of his life learning in school. “ That thought struck a cord with me. 18,900 hours of learning language, math, science, history, literature, art, music, and so on. It made me question, “How many one on one hours had I spent teaching him the things of God?” I’ve taken my children to church, we’ve had family devotions, prayer times, talks about the things of God and how to be a good Christian since they were born. But, had I even begun to devote 18,900 hours into my children? Could I have done more?
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 “And thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thine hearts, and with all thy soul, and with all they might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
We live in a day and age when it is even more pressing upon us to pray for, and teach, our children about the things of God. We cannot rely solely upon church leaders to teach our children about spiritual things. We, as parents, must train our children. We must invest time that is devoted to their spiritual growth. The children of today want an answer to the question, “Why?”
Why do we believe that there is only one God?
Why is ACTS 2:38 the cornerstone of our faith?
Why is holiness essential?
It says in 1 Peter 5:8
“ Be sober, Be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, waketh about , seeking whom he may devour”
I don’t want the devil to have my children and I am certain you don’t either. It is our duty to teach them the dangers and pitfalls of living a life without God at the center of it. We must be diligent in our teaching, mentoring, and praying for our children. “Train up a child” (Proverbs 22:6) is a phrase that is thrown around so casually at times, but it carries a great deal of responsibility for all parents.
This “parenting” is a serious journey. At the end of the road they will have received their diplomas, walked down the isle of matrimony, and many other goals and achievements will come their way. The greatest parental achievement is being able to say, along with the Apostle John, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4 KJV