Recently I worked as a nanny, caring for three children ages seven, five and three. It was a challenging job and I learned a lot.
I learned that you shouldn’t hand a three-year-old a bottle of food coloring, that making dinner with a five-year-old’s help can be quite a challenge and that I tire out far quicker than a seven-year-old. I also learned that no one can replace mom in a child’s life.
In our culture, independence, success, and achievement have been idolized while family has been sacrificed. Parents work long hours and children everywhere feel their absence acutely.
God instituted family. It is valuable to Him. In many ways, family reveals the nature of our God. Marriage is a picture of Christ and His church. Parenthood shows us a glimpse of God’s Father heart.
Godly families functioning as they ought to function bring glory to God and demonstrate His nature to this world. Is it any wonder then that the enemy would attack family?
The attack on family is covert. The enemy does not often tempt Christian parents to abuse their children. Instead, he tempts them toward distraction and busyness.
If Christian parents are chasing careers and success they will become too busy to love their families well. When parents are too distracted to invest in their children we no longer see a picture of God’s love and care for us.
Our world does not need more men passionate about their careers. We don’t need more women devoted to their professions. We need more fathers and mothers who are devoted to God first and their families second. We need more Fathers who, though they are exhausted when they get home from work, choose to wrestle and play with their children. We need more mothers who have time to listen to their children’s greatest fears, and dreams and longings.
Success and achievement in this world will not matter in light of eternity. Wealth will fade away. But the souls of our children are eternal.
Matthew 16:26 says, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
I would add to this question. What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses the souls of his children?
3 John 1:4 says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.“
Truly this is a great joy and one that every Christian parent ought to be seeking wholeheartedly.