Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children to another generation. –Joel 1:3
Encouragement for the day from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening:
In this simple way, by God’s grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land: The beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the Gospel and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty; we are to begin at the family hearth: He is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has prior claim, and woe to those who reverse the order of the Lord’s arrangements. To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot delegate it to Sunday school teachers or other friendly helpers. These can assist us but cannot deliver us from the sacred obligation; substitutes and sponsors are wicked devices in this case: Mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, command their households in the fear of God and talk with their offspring concerning the wondrous works of the Most High. Parental teaching is a natural duty. Who is better fitted to look after the child’s well-being than those who are the authors of his actual being? To neglect the instruction of our children is worse that brutish. It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be an accepted work, for God has saved the children through the parents’ prayers and admonitions.
Reading this today was the encouragement I needed as a mother. Sometimes it feels that my job as a mom is so monotonous and I feel guilty that I’m not out making a difference in the world. How refreshing to be reminded that the “home has prior claim” and that this is where our ministry as moms and dads is to begin. To share Christ with our children is our “first duty” and it is a very personal one. The best part about this is that God designed it to be this way so the guilt I feel that I’m not out proclaiming the gospel to the lost in the world is not of Him…my mission field at this time in my life is in my home. What a true blessing! Thank you, Lord, for using Spurgeon to speak this truth to me this morning. =)