In the past weeks, I’ve been told, and read of via online news portals, about passing after passing, or, death after death. And these deaths, as some may imagine, haven’t been of the elderly, those whom have lived a number of years and matured gracefully. No. These deaths have been of the young, those barely wet behind the ears, and haven’t seen one strand of gray hair.
Teens on their way to college—or who have begun college—are drowning, being killed in car accidents, being shot at random, or targeted in some way, are dying from unforeseen illnesses… and it’s really saddening to see. However, as sad as it is to see, we know that death reigns at this moment in time, and will touch the life of all, until Jesus returns.
In knowing that death is inevitable for us, and will have his say until the end comes, we must make it a priority to get our children’s hearts set on eternal life, rather than on the glitz, glam, and “pleasures” of this life. So many of them are being coached daily on life after high school, and life after college, and far less of them on the meaning of true life—a life lived in and for God, which is of the utmost importance.
In Ecclesiastes 12, Solomon says to us, “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, ‘I have no pleasure in them’” (verse 1). I’ve heard many young people say, and I’ve said also in my foolish day, “I will wait to serve God when I am old.” But as we see from the above verse, God wants our youth! He wants to use us and have a relationship with us in our vibrant years (as well as our older years), which He has given to us for this very purpose.
In verse 13 of that same chapter, Solomon says that fearing God and keeping His commandments is the “whole duty of man.” What he’s saying, in essence, is that we were all created for God, to revere Him and to bring Him praise, honor, and glory.
College is good. Marriage is good. Having a career/job to support ourselves is good. Nevertheless, none of these “goodies” are able to save our souls and bring us into the Father’s presence at the end of our lives; only a life lived in and for Christ can do that.
We must be born again! (John 3:3).
“Well, I’ve had my teen in church ever since she’s been born. I know she’s going with Jesus if something were to happen to her,” someone might say. But, going to church and being saved aren’t one in the same. There is an old saying that I heard a lot growing up, which says, “May the work I’ve done speak for me.” True salvation is followed up by good work/fruit (Matthew 7:16). If your teen is going to church but living unholy afterward, or during the other six days of the week, the truth of the matter is, he/she may not be saved at all.
We are commanded, every Christian, to bear good fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8). If your teen is not doing that, but is exhibiting questionable behavior instead, call it out. Though they may get upset with you for it, it can be vital to the eternal state of their souls.
God is the bread of life, the only sustenance we can thrive on; the quicker we can get our children feasting (sincerely) on Him and not the things of this world, the better off they will be (for all eternity). Of course, all won’t believe and come to a saving faith in Christ; however, we are still responsible as Christian parents for preaching Christ and His truths to our children (and for living it before them as well).
That said, make it a point, sisters, to always incorporate biblical truths to your children. Emphasize that college life, marriage life, etc. can be good, but that they’re not better than a relationship with Jesus Christ. What good would it be for them to gain all of that in this world, only to die and lose their soul forever to eternal destruction? Peaceful rest, they must know, is only for those who receive God’s peace while in the land of the living; those who do not will live apart from Him forever. It’s not worth it, fellow parents. Teach your children GOD. And whatever they decide from that point on, will be between them and God.
This is vital.
“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.” John 15:6