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We tell our children to follow their hearts. Whatever they imagine they can do, they can. Their dreams are theirs if they only wish for them. Whatever they feel in their heart is OK—and they must pursue their heart’s desire. However, this is not what God’s Word tells us. We are leading our children astray with this type of teaching. Our feelings cannot lead our decisions. Our hearts naturally are fickle and wicked. Our lives should be directed by Scripture alone. The Word of God will direct us in all righteousness. The righteousness of His testimonies is everlasting—with understanding in these, we shall live (Psalm 119:144).
Without a proper understanding of the depth of the sin in our hearts, how can we properly rejoice at the forgiveness that is ours through Christ? If our sin is minor or inconsequential in our eyes, what would make us turn from it and accept the free gift of forgiveness and salvation from God? If we long for the pleasures of our heart and pursue those desires without considering God’s Word, how would we make Him the Lord and King of our lives? With our own needs and comforts so much in view, how would we ever be able to properly humble ourselves before God to plead His mercy and forgiveness? Do you see? The very gospel is at stake when we consider the self-esteem-building philosophy so many are buying into.
The Apostle Paul sums it up well this way, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells” (Romans 7:18). We are sinners. Our righteousness is like filthy rags before the Lord (Isaiah 64:6). And it is only through humble repentance and belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:15) that we will escape the judgment and condemnation of our sins.”*
As we like to say in the Wild house, “That’s gold!” I was so happy to teach my boys this morning from . This is the kind of lesson that will capture a generation for the Lord and His Kingdom. Not only were the boys challenged hearing this, but I was encouraged teaching them! This is the kind of lesson that will make us take a hard look at how we are raising our children. Are we teaching them to find the path of comfort and prosperity? Or are we teaching them to find the path of righteousness? Are we teaching them to depend on their desires? Or are we teaching them to make decisions based on Scripture and find their joy in God?
By the power of God’s Spirit, may we train, teach, and bring up our children to understand that no matter what path they go in life, their purpose is to make God’s name big! May God work in each of their lives to achieve that end.
* Answers Bible Curriculum, Year 1, Quarter 2, Lesson 12 (High School)
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