Below is one of Alex Vann’s daily devotionals. I think it is excellent and so I am sharing it with you. You can read Alex’s posts on Facebook. Here it is:
I Die Daily
Day Day 208
Children are a gift from God. Raise them well.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.”
Children are a gift from God. Sadly, we have a society that is devaluing children as a gift. Children, in wicked societies across the millennia, have been exploited, sacrificed and traded. One of the ultimate affronts to God is to destroy, mar, misuse and abuse one of his greatest gifts- children. Children are to be protected, not exploited. Our culture today is over-sexuallizing children through the cult-of-celebrity and exposure through the internet and social media to every form of unrestrain. Children’s innate rebellion is being fueled, not restrained by the music, movies and books they see. Parents you must fight the world for your children. The enemy wants to pry them from your fingers, if you are holding on to them.
The ancient Israelites lived around other people groups who literally, sacrificed their children to Baal, Molech and other false gods. The Psalmist records this,
“They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons;
they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
who they sacrificed to idols in Canaan”
That’s a frightening picture and it even continued well after David’s reign. Both the kingdom of Israel and Judah practiced this wickedness of “passing their children through the fire” (2 Kings 17:17). Eventually, Judah, the slightly more righteous of the two kingdoms would emulate this practice as well.
Satan always wants you to destroy your inheritance. The word “heritage” in Hebrew is really the word “inheritance.” But, it’s not an inheritance like a lump sum of money. Rather, its a living inheritance, more like a legacy.
Children are our legacy. What are you investing in your legacy? How are you protecting and developing your legacy? Your name will either live or die with your children. Perhaps, God has not give you children of your own, there are young people in your life, not your birth children, but spiritual children that God has given you to influence. It would seem that God would keep some Godly couples barren to be better protectors and stewards of those who have been gifted children, but fail to spiritually invest in them as God’s gift.
Every mature Christian must see themselves as responsible for developing a spiritual heritage or legacy. This means, you must invest in your children or your spiritual children with care, wisdom and grace. It means, Parents, you must break the cycle and pattern of sin that is evident in your own life and will become evident in theirs.
Children are our gift. We must protect them, develop them, invest in them and teach them to worship God. Children have a natural capacity for faith, until will pollute and poison it with our sin, doubt and false living. The greatest gift a child can receive is to see his mother and father follow Jesus, love each other and train him. What God has given, let no man or woman despise. Even on your child’s worst day, let love and grace come forth from your heart.
What Jesus Christ has given you, you will give an account for.
(c) Alex Vann, 2017