A GODLY CHILD WITH A DIFFERENCE IN THIS PERVERSE GENERATION
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or laboured in vain. (Philippians 2:12-16)
A child is a gift from God, the fruit of the womb, and a reward from the Lord. The birth of a child into every family is usually accompanied with joy and jubilation. This is because a creation made in the image of God has been birthed. A potential carrier of the glory of God and a custodian of divinity has been gifted to man. While there is joy on earth, the same is replicated in heaven albeit with an expectancy that the child grows in grace to fulfil God’s counsel over his/her life. God desires that every couple produce godly offspring. “But did He not make them one, Having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring”. (Malachi 2:15a) Let every couple therefore bear it in mind that heaven is depending on them to raise godly offsprings.
While good parenting is an absolute necessity, children have a role to play. Paul in admonishing the young Philippians Church, asked them to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. This admonition became imperative because, there was a contending force at work militating against their righteous living. Children, also must be made to understand early enough that children of God have an arch enemy who is persistently at work to ensure that they fail at executing God’s divine counsel.
In our generation, it appears that there is a dearth of sanity. Children are becoming increasingly recalcitrant offenders, unruly and very poorly behaved. The reason is not far fetched. Satan had been allowed to have a better part of them. This is a very serious matter and you can be sure that God is not happy with this generation. In spite of this situation, I’m proud to announce to us that God has reserved for Himself a remnant. Just like in the days of Elijah, when God reserved for Himself five thousand who had not bowed to Baal. A few that God is looking upon to uphold the tenets of the faith and restore the ancient landmarks. These are the ones He will use to repair the breaches. A pertinent question every young person in the congregation need to ask him/herself is “am I among this select remnant?” Daniel and His colleagues were among the select remnant of their time and they made remarkable impact. Joseph was outstanding. Josiah was a young king with a difference. At age 12, Jesus was already communing with the Professors and doctors of his time. Timothy and Titus made a mark in their time. WHAT ABOUT YOU? Are you among this select remnant? A genuine answer will most likely set you on the part of a turning point.
Let us use the occasion of this year’s Children’s Day to reflect upon God’s expectations of us both as parents and as Children and let us resolve to do our part in ensuring that God’s desire to have godly seeds is always satisfied.
Superintendent, Children Department