Parenting is an awesome responsibility. Not only in the daily tasks but also to lead them to Christ. In the Scripture below it speaks of mothers bringing their children to Jesus. This was the first step. Yes, they were on their way to the market, their daily chore when they noticed Jesus. I am sure they had heard of the man who preformed miracles and fed the thousands. As a mother myself, I wouldn’t just take my child to a complete stranger and say, “Here, bless him”. No, I think there was a love flowing from Jesus in a way that promoted safety, peace and joy. These mothers had no doubt that there was something special about this man and they wanted their children to have a part in the Kingdom. They understood as a mother their place of responsibility before God, that was to introduce them to Jesus. The mothers were the ones who brought their children to Jesus. Shouldn’t we do the same? These mothers were no doubt rebuked and told to get away but they were persistent. It doesn’t matter what we go through to get our children to church and introduce them to Christ, we must do it.
When I held each one of my boys, we brought them to church and dedicated them back to God. Yes, I was not only responsible to take care of their needs but also to introduce them to the most High. I wanted my children to be blessed. I wanted them to know true love, peace and joy. I wanted to give them hope, strength and wisdom in knowing how to live in this cruel world. My boys now live it. They have faith and know as adults if they get themselves into a mess, how to get out of it. In a sense, as a mom, I feel proud to know that I brought my boys to Jesus and he has blessed. I never gave my children a choice whether or not they wanted to go to church. We all got up and went. Only on a few occasions did I let them miss and that was because of spending the night with someone else in which they went to church with them. I made sure they did not over sleep or even let them sleep, church was not a choice it was a have to. I am thankful I have a husband who believes in the same. I have seen many marriages fall apart spiritually when one of the parents don’t think church is a priority but a day of resting in the bed late. Statistics show that children are more likely to continue and grow within the church IF both parents attend. The rate for children to continue in church if only one parent goes drops dramatically and I have seen once they become a teen, church is not a priority in their life. “If dad don’t have to, then I don’t” is usually the attitude given. It is almost unheard of children going to church and staying in church if their parents do not go. We are to be the example. Your children are replicas of you. If you train a child up in the way they should go, they will not depart from it. If you choose to stay home during church services, they will too.
Mark 10:14-16 Once when mother were bringing their children to Jesus to bless them, the disciples shooed them away, telling them not to bother him. But when Jesus saw what was happening he was very much displeased with his disciples and said to them, “Let the children come to me, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as they. Don’t send them away! I tell you as seriously as I know how that anyone who refuses to come to God as a little child will never be allowed into his Kingdom. Then he took the children into his arms and placed his hands on their heads and he blessed them.
The mothers were comforted. They returned to their homes strengthened and blessed by the words of Christ. They were encouraged to take up their burden with new cheerfulness, and to work hopefully for their children. The mothers of today are to receive His words with the same faith. Christ is a personal Saviour today and He is the helper of mothers today! Jesus knows the burden of every mother’s heart. He who had a mother that struggled with poverty and privation sympathizes with every mother in her labors. In every grief and every need He will give comfort and help. If mothers brought their children to Jesus today, they will ﬁnd grace sufﬁcient to aid them in the management of their children. The gates are open for every mother who would lay her burdens at the Saviour’s feet. He who said, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not,” still invites the mothers to lead up their little ones to be blessed by Him.
It is still true that children are the most susceptible to the teachings of the gospel; their hearts are open to divine inﬂuences, and strong to retain the lessons received. The little children may be Christians, having an experience in accordance with their years. They need to be educated in spiritual things, and parents should give them every advantage, that they may form characters after the similitude of the character of Christ. Fathers and mothers should look upon their children as younger members of the Lord’s family, committed to them to educate for heaven. The lessons that we ourselves learn from Christ we should give to our children, as the young minds can receive them, little by little opening to them the principles of heaven. As the mother teaches her children to obey her because they love her, she is teaching them the ﬁrst lessons in the Christian life. The mother’s love represents to the child the love of Christ, and the little ones who trust and obey their mother are learning to trust and obey the Saviour. As you win their conﬁdence in you as followers of Christ, it will be easy to teach them of the great love wherewith He has loved us. As you try to make plain the truths of salvation point the children to Christ as a personal Saviour. The Lord will give to fathers and mothers grace to interest their little ones. They will come if you do not hinder them. Let not your un-Christlike character misrepresent Jesus. Do not keep the little ones away from Him by your coldness and harshness. Never give them cause to feel that heaven will not be a pleasant place to them if you are there. Do not speak of religion as something that children cannot understand, or act as if they were not expected to accept Christ in their childhood. Do not give them the false impression that the religion of Christ is a religion of gloom, and that in coming to the Saviour they must give up all that makes life joyful. The Saviour regards with inﬁnite tenderness the souls whom He has purchased with His own blood. They are the claim of His love. He looks upon them with unutterable longing. Many parents do not understand how much they are responsible for these traits in their children.
Don’t rob your children of a blessing. Your children are your ministry and it is your responsibility to introduce them to Jesus. In turn, you will be blessed also. Forbid them not because the Kingdom is theirs!