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Home The Light Articles from 2012 A Vision to Svae Our Own

A Vision to Svae Our Own

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To save our own we must have a vision. In Prov. 29:18 Solomon penned, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Consider what is conveyed in Joel 1:1-3: "The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation." God showed His interest in having His word or His will passed down through the family and He alludes to four generations. As parents, we need to have a vision to see our children raised up sound in the faith and then to see them raise up their children to be faithful. Such imaginative sight should further extend to our grandchildren in seeing them indoctrinate their children likewise with the will of God. If such can be accomplished (and God certainly desires such) we will fill our pews and the gospel will have greater opportunity to have its tempering effect in society.

If the youth of a congregation clearly know by observation that not only their parents but other brethren are truly concerned about their souls, it will prove to be a great source of strength in their lives. For this vision of passing the gospel from generation to generation to enjoy fruition, we must view our children as gifts from God. They should not be cast as "accidents" but rather as those who are a "treasured trust" from the Almighty. God created them (in His own image, in fact). They are ours for a short time. As parents, we are their "stewards" for a short season. God has "loaned" them to us to care for, nurture and "build" into those who will "build for Him." We should view them as "gifts" and never as burdens.

In Ps. 127:3 David penned - "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward." As parents, let us encourage one another to see our children as they really are - "an heritage of the Lord." If we think toward them this way, then it will naturally be communicated to them. Our present culture is reaping a terrible harvest that has been produced by parents who either left their offspring to find their own way or envisioned a future for them built upon the world and its allurements. God will not be mocked! (Galatians 6:7) As Christians, we must realize that "arrow" shaping time demands a constant desire to follow God's plan. By such course we can keep our vision clear as we labor to "save our own." -454 Wilson Hill Road, Readyville, Tennessee 37149



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