Is Your Child Eternally Lost?
What if you were to never see your child again?
Our two year old son once disappeared from his stroller in the shop where my husband and I had been looking at leather belts.
After a frantic search that seemed to last forever, we found him sitting happily at a table outside an ice-cream shop.
As parents we will go to any lengths to get our children back if they get lost. But are we as serious about making sure they are not spiritually lost for eternity?
Children Can be Spiritually Lost
Once we become parents, we simply cannot imagine life without our children. We cannot begin to imagine what we would do or how we would even survive if they were suddenly taken from us.
But the reality is that every day children die in accidents, due to illness or become victims of crime and the Bible teaches that anyone who dies without knowing Jesus as their Savior is lost, separated from God forever.
In Matthew 18:14 we read that it is not the will of God that any one of these little children should be lost.
God's Love for children
Just as the thought of our children being physically lost in this world fills us with fear, the thought of them being spiritually lost for eternity should fill us with fear also.
Because God loves us and our children, He came up with a plan for this not to happen.
He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross, taking the punishment that we and our children deserve, upon Himself. So that whoever believes will not perish (die spiritually, be lost) but have eternal life. John 3:16.
One of the problems is that as parents, we are so focused on providing for our children physically, that we often forget that they have spiritual needs too. So while our children's bellies may be full when we put them to bed at night, they might well be spiritually starving.
In Deuteronomy 6:7 God commands us to teach our children diligently to love the Lord with all their heart.
The good news is that while there is still breath left in us it is not too late. No matter what age our children are, we can still point them in the right direction.
Ultimately, it will be their own decision to follow Christ or not, but we as their parents are responsible to show them the way.
Take some time right now, there where you are, to ask God to show you where you may have failed to prepare your child for eternity. Before they are lost eternally.
Next we will take a look at the role of the parent.
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