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Children, Jesus’ precious gems

Introduction

It is a Christian custom in Jamaica that when a child gets to 6 weeks old or thereabout, we take them to church for a christening exercise; where we get them blessed and dedicate them to God.  For some children that will be the only time they enter a church building, as their parents never take them back. When this is done we are not being good stewards, to the little people that God has entrusted us with. We are encouraged in Proverbs 22:6 to train children properly from an early age which states, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it”. (NIV)

Children are special to God

Jesus was ministering in an area of Judea when some people brought children for him to lay his hands on and pray for them. These people were scolded by the disciples but Jesus replied in Matthew 19 verse 14 “Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” (CEB). Psalms 127 : 3 states that  “Children are a gift from the Lord, a reward from a mother’s womb.” (ERV)

Setting the foundation (Parental Duty)

It is my personal belief that we are all created for God’s special purpose, to worship HIM and change the generation in which we were born for HIS glory. This innate purpose must be managed properly from a tender age, so that the foundation and value system for each child that God has given to us, is set according to HIS guidelines. Yes, I know you will say God gave man (human) free will to choose but when children are left unattended to do what they desire, does it normally end well for the child, his/her family, or the society?

Each child that is born is already fully equipped with what God wants them to have and to be who HE created them to be.  Psalms 139 verses 15 to 16 states that 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book, they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” (NKJV)

Hannah, in the Book of 1 Samuel 1 prayed for a child and she was blessed with a son, whom she named Samuel.  When she had weaned him she brought him back to the temple to be lent to the Lord, as long as he lived (1 Samuel 1: 24 – 28).  This Samuel was the same person that anointed David to be the next King of Israel (1 Samuel 16: 11 -13).  You don’t know the potential that your child has, they could cause others to be amazed at their intellect like Jesus when he was 12 years old.  (Luke 2: 41 -52)

The Christian approach

Again, accepting Jesus Christ is a personal choice. God gave us all a choice to choose him and we must give our children that choice. However, we must use Godly wisdom, prayer, and understanding to grow them.  They might be too young in some instances to understand the Bible but they can read your life. If you are a parent, you know children watch everything you do, in fact, they are always at your heel and they are quick to point out when you are out of alignment (I love to hang out with children because of their pure honesty).

One way of getting your children to know about God is to take them to church or Sunday /Sabbath school, where they have the materials to break down the scriptures in a format they can understand. You can teach them to pray and also let them pray for you. (You would be surprised how much they have absorbed from you). Also, it’s the information age and I am sure you can find some wholesome Christian material on the internet or an APP to assist you.

In Matthew 28: 18-20, we are given “the great commission” and in Deuteronomy 6: 1 – 25 we are given “the great commandment”. If you want your child/children to be Christian, be the best version of the Bible they ever read. Remember and never forget, that even if you are an adult you are still God’s special child.

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