by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: Psalm 127:3]
A. When Israel occupied Canaan, they found an abundance of provisions for which they had not labored.
B. God commanded them to give special attention to teaching the next generation, lest they forget what God had done for them (Deuteronomy 6:1-13).
I. Investments we make in our children are among the most fruitful.
A. Children are precious gifts from God (Psalm 127:3-5; Mark 10:14).
B. God has given us the responsibility to teach our children (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4).
C. God has given us ample opportunities to teach our children (Exodus 12:26; Joshua 4:5-7).
D. If we don’t teach our children, someone else will (cf. 1 Peter 5:8).
E. Many in Israel surrendered their sons and daughters to demons (2 Chronicles 33:6; Psalm 106:34-38). Will we?
II. How can we invest in the future through these little children?
A. Parents and grandparents can begin by teaching these children at home (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15; cf. Nehemiah 3:28).
B. Young people can help by choosing to listen to wise counsel (Proverbs 1:5; 9:8-9; cf. 1 Kings. 12:1-17).
C. You don’t have to be a parent to make a profound impact in the life of a child (1 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; Mark 10:13-16).
A. Our children will disappoint us at times, but let us remember that “in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
B. We must remember that if we fail to teach them and instill within them quality values, someone else will succeed in instilling theirs!