Friday, August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."  Proverbs 22:6
85% of people who make a commitment to Christ make the decision by the age of 18, or they never will. (The Foster Letter 5/25/08)
That is why it is urgent for you to dedicate your child to God and dedicate yourself to "training up your child in the way he should go".
If you visit a home that is inhabited by an infant or toddler you will notice it has been retrofitted with plastic plugs in the electrical outlets to keep the baby from seeing what happens when he places his little fingers in them. When they opened their pantry door, there was a small plastic “baby gate” nailed into place, keeping the baby from getting to items that might be harmful for a small child. When you tried to open their cabinet doors, there were small hooks in place to keep the baby from being able to open those doors and reach more harmful things.
If you happen to drive somewhere with this couple you will notice they have a special baby seat to buckle him in, in case he would try to move about. You can't roll down the windows because they  are “child proof”, in case the baby tries to reach through them and become hurt. When you arrive at your destination, you can’t open the car doors because they have “child proof” locks that only the driver could unlock. Everywhere you look, everything about their lives is dedicated, not only to protecting the baby from others, but from protecting the baby from himself.
I was a cute little baby - well, not so little (10 lb). So were you! I was blessed with three healthy, beautiful babies and eleven little grandbabies! But despite how cute they are or we were - we are ugly on the inside! We are wired for selfishness and self-destruction and must be protected from ourselves.
The Bible states it bluntly - “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9

So, the job of a dedicated parent is to "train" their child not to be controlled by his sinful self-destructive nature but to dedicate that child to God so God can change his inner nature. The goal of a dedicated parent is to "train" a child until he dedicates himself to God.

Are you dedicated to that task?

Have you dedicated your children?
Will you?