Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
The Goal of Parenting
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I was at a homeschool high school graduation practice once, and I heard a father, in jest, pray that the Lord would give them all jobs. I was also at a high school meeting for the homeschool covering of which my family is part, and I heard the emphasis on getting into college. Is that what the years of school are about? I want to suggest to you no. What is the goal of discipling our children? Is it getting them saved? Is it to get them a good education? Is it to help them become successful?
Grace to you.
King Solomon asks, "For who knoweth
for man in
life, all the days
of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? For who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?" (Ecclesiastes 6:12; bold added). Who does know what is good for a man?
Elihu, a young man, tells Job and his three friends, "Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves
" (Job 34:4; bold added). The word
can also be translated "justice" (Job 36:17). How do
know what is good
when the wisest man asked what is good?
The prophet, Micah, tells us, "He hath showed thee, O man, what
good; and what
doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8). God has shown us what is good and what He requires of us: to do justly (or justice), to love mercy (for then we are like Him), and to walk humbly with Him.
I want to suggest that the supreme goal of parenting is to teach our children to choose the good and to refuse the evil (Isaiah 7:16). The writer of Hebrews tells us, "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age,
those who be reason of use have
their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" (Hebrews 5:14). If our children know to choose the good and refuse the evil, they will become saved, for only God is good, and that ability will serve them well in a culture that calls good evil and evil good.