Proverbs 27: 23-24
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks,
And attend to your herds;
And attend to your herds;
For riches are not forever,
Nor does a crown endure to all generations.
My flock is human, six beautiful, wonderful blessings from the Lord.
I don't see these verses as merely a discourse on goat herding. I'm not thinkin' about a flock of sheep, either.
The crown isn't for being a natural-born princess, it is for consecration to the King of Kings. It is a crown indicating you are not of this world, your faith has given you heavenly royalty.
Unlike the Royal families in Europe, the spiritual crown of consecration to the Lord, is not passed on from generation to generation. There are no guarantees that children will be in the family of God, just because you love Jesus and just because they were physically born in your family.
Karen, a beautiful Christian woman, once told me, "There are no grandchildren in the family of God."
It is easy for a young parent to ASSUME that their faith will be assimilated, especially when children are very young and love to pray, love to sing Jesus songs. Maybe they just like the praise? Maybe they just like the attention? Maybe they just like to perform? We must not be so quick to assume they have spiritual understanding and that they really have spiritual appreciation for all that surrounds them. We must be discerning.
Yes, advantage to being raised in Christian family, they are hearing and seeing the beautiful Gospel message each day.
Yes, important to have family altar, it can alter the family.
Yes, important to go to church and to be faithful to Bible teaching, because faith comes by hearing. But, they still need to hear and then exercise their own faith.
But, you must understand, like every soul in the entire world, they have to make their own choice.
I recently read a rant against Christianity because we raise our kids and force them to follow our beliefs. He was missed the whole point of Christianity. Each person has to choose to become a Christian. We explain the two eternities of the argument and they have to choose.
In fact, we are more fair than the unbelievers, who only raise their kids with one choice and that is to ignore, distrust and/or hate the Lord.
We need to take this admonition to heart -
"Be diligent to know the state of your flocks."
We need to be discerning about our children. We need to pray the Lord will reveal any areas where they have been deceived by the wicked one. We need to make sure a root of bitterness hasn't sprung up, especially if we caused the growth. We need to pray the Lord will help us to catch them in their sin, so we can root out evil in their lives.
My heart longs to pray even more diligently and more specifically for my children. I am asking the Lord for verses to pray for each child. I am asking for good communication, that we might learn to fellowship and not just talk.
I want my home to be singing with diligence, as I seek to know the state of my beautiful, blond flock.