Summary: To train up not just our children but any child God places on your heart and do it with principles, proceedure and praise.
Intro: I have always loved children, I have always loved how small they are, their youthful energy, their curiousity of life, their untainted efforts at hope, their innocence their simplistic view of life. Their potential and the idea that may have a chance and being someone great for God’s kingdom, every child has the chance at being a profitable servant for the Heavenly Father’s glory. Right now I can think of the fruits of labors of you out there that chose to raise your children in the spirit of this scripture. (Point out the children in the congregation who were raised as an example of this scripture) and many others who have stayed out of trouble, went to school and became productive members of society and most importantly valuable members for the God’s great and eternal kingdom. We can make a difference with not only our children but other children it the world. Neices and nephews, grandchildren, children on the street, children who we may notice don’t have proper parental guidance, there are types of of situations where we as christians can help train up children and may I add to the list babes in Christ we can do a good work.
The scripture says
Body: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
“Train up a child” in other words “Mold and shape a young person”
“in the way he should go”in other words “get him on the right path”
“and when he is old”in other words” when he grows up”
“he will not depart from it” in other words “they will not turn their back on it”
Mold and shape a young person, get him on the right path, when he grows up they will not turn their back on it.
Here we have a great chance to be contributors to society, give a child a great chance for greatness as well help build the kingdomn of God.
Well God has led me to break it down into three categories:
principles, proceedure and praise.
First and foremost we should let a child know that Jesus Christ loves them and only through believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and he died for our sins can we get to Heaven. Then we should insert principles in a child not just any principles but biblical principles, we run into so much trouble when we don’t lean and depend on the word of God, the Word of God is our authority, it is our power it is always right and our standard for living. For centuries now the Word of God has stood strong on moved, it has been challenged by men of great wisdom psychologists, doctors, educators but every single time it has stood it’s ground, every trend that comes along and tries to deviate from the Bible has fallen to the age old wisdom of the mighty Word of God over and over again so the Bible has proven it’s self. So first thing we should do with our children, children of the church, children of the world, babes in Christ is teach them that the Word of God is the ultimate authority and when we live by it, we are pleasing God. Think about some principles that help train us up, that made a difference with us and will make a difference in the lives of the children around us.