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Do we have enough time to bring our children in a Christian way?

It is a very important question, especially more relevant for immigrants, who faces many new challenges in life, obliging them to work for long exhausting hours. This also applies to people serving the Lord, because concentrating on family issues and spending adequate time with their children may have its toll on how much they can give at church.

We read in 1 Samuel a story of one godly man (Eli the priest), who thought as he was serving the Lord everything was in place, but he forgot to bring up his children the correct godly way:

 

“Eli’s sons were scoundrels; they had no regard for the LORD. Now it was the practice of the priests that, whenever any of the people offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand while the meat was being boiled and would plunge the fork into the pan or kettle or caldron or pot. Whatever the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. This is how they treated all the Israelites who came to Shiloh. But even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the person who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast; he won’t accept boiled meat from you, but only raw.” If the person said to him, “Let the fat be burned first, and then take whatever you want,” the servant would answer, “No, hand it over now; if you don’t, I’ll take it by force.” This sin of the young men was very great in the LORD’s sight, for they were treating the LORD’s offering with contempt.” (1Sam2:12-17)

 

Bring up children in a Christian and godly way should start early on, otherwise it would be too late. And this is what happened to Eli the priest; after he knew of what his sons were doing it was too late to rebuke them. Unfortunately, this is against God’s will:

“Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. No, my sons; the report I hear spreading among the LORD’s people is not good. If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the LORD’s will to put them to death.” (1Sam2:22-25)

 

Therefore, the end result was a disaster; as the sins of the sons were towards and in front of the Lord, priesthood was taken away from Eli to Samuel, Eli’s sons were killed in a war against the Philistines who took hod of the Arc of the Covenant. This in fact led to the Eli’s demise after he heard of the news of the war, and fell on his chair dead.

 

Bringing up children in a Christian way is a crucial matter; when you ask immigrants on the main reason they came to their new country, the common answer is usually because they wanted a better future for their children. However, time goes on, and it is only too late when they realize that they did not pay attention to the spiritual well-being of their children.

 

There are great stories of families who were successful in raising their children in a free modern society, so that they respect, love and serve the Lord, through focussing on the following:

-          Giving their life to the Lord, and putting life and what ever happens in the hands of the Lord, to make Him the real father to take care of the children and guide them to the way of salvation.

 

-          Concentrating on the type of education they are getting in school, and enrolling them in bible study classes.

 

-          Talking to their children continuously, and discussing with them their life issues and their friends, answering their needs and questions from the living word of the bible.

-          Teaching them how to have a personal relationship with the Lord so that he guides them from a young age to enjoy the spiritual blessings.

 

By: Laith Maqadsi

Edited By: Ghassan Allo

 
 

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