Parents must bear in mind that the children of today are the adults of tomorrow who constitute the future generation. Christian parents must ask themselves what legacy they are leaving behind for their children. Nothing can be compared with a sound upbringing.
Things to note on Child Training
- God owns your Child:
Every child is owned by God the Creator but given to individuals, called parents, to be caretakers on the earth. The Bible clearly states Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward (Psalm 127:3). If all children belong to God and He has made you a caretaker, then you will surely give an account of your stewardship as a caregiver to the child (ren) given to you. In order to give a good record and be rewarded for it in return, you must take child training as a responsibility to be excelled at.
- It is a commandment:
Child training is not a piece of advice, a suggestion or a thing you do at your convenience. It is a commandment from God. You are commanded to nurture your child (ren) in line with God’s principles for life as stated in the Bible. If you refuse to do so, you are disobeying God’s commandment, and as far as God is concerned, disobedience is as terrible as witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). If you are not bringing up your children in the way they should go, you are cutting short the number of your days. Receive grace from God now to be obedient to this commandment on child training in Jesus’ name.
- It is the responsibilities of both parents:
Take a look at Proverbs 22:6 again. God did not mention here who particularly should do the training, but definitely, it is the parents. I mean both parents because neither the father nor the mother alone can give birth to a child. It is the combined efforts of both parties; therefore, the training must be done by both parents.
Both parents must create time for their children so that those children will not become thorns in their flesh tomorrow. Training your children in the fear of the Lord is your primary responsibilities. Do not lay it aside. Both parents ought to fulfil their parts if this must be successful. The Bible says: Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour(Ecclesiastics 4:9).
As parents, pay close attention to your children, create time to listen to them, fellowship together with them, give them opportunities to ask you questions that are bothering them. Learn to create time for fun and excitement and all tension will be diffused. Do not allow your children to become products of neglect and do not be too busy to attend to them. I pray for a release of grace upon you now for fulfilment in Jesus’ mighty name.
- It requires the Investment of Time:
In a bid to make it in business or career, some parents neglect spending time with their children. They are too busy making money. They leave their homes early in the morning and return late at night; particularly those in the cities. They keep busy trying to make ends meet financially, but unfortunately, they seldom do.
The destinies of many children have been marred because they were left to house helps to raise. The Church is being robbed of her future great men and women, because many godly parents are producing ungodly children. Our responsibility is to stop the intention of the devil over the lives of our children, by investing time into their proper upbringing. So, parents, must wake up to this responsibility.