- Original Teaching: Train Them Up
- Date: July 13, 1980
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
- Review By: Jason Felton
I hope you enjoyed the 4 part series we did on the teaching about Godly marriages entitled Adam’s Rib. If you didn’t get a chance to read over them, I would encourage you to check them out. Now that all of our marriages are totally in order (lol) we want to take a look this week on what the Word of God says about raising Godly children. Satan is after our kids and we need to do everything we can to see them finish this race.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Ephesians 6:4 encourages us to raise them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Are you training your kids or just instructing them? There are a lot of parents who are instructing their children in the ways of the Lord, but many are not training them. So what does this word train mean? Well, the word train means “to drill them” or “to teach by experience.” No matter what the call of God is on your life, your number one job as parents is to train up your children in the Lord. It’s not to make $100,000, or to be in full time ministry, or to be an executive at a fortune 500 company. Your children will not be trained by teaching them a few Bible verses or taking them to church a couple times a week.
We as parents need to realize that our children are a heritage from the Lord. They are not our own. You have no right to train up your children by your own ideas of right or wrong, by your family traditions, by your own will, etc… They must be trained by the Word of God. You are a steward over your children, and you are responsible for their behavior. One day you are going to have to stand before the Lord and give account for what you did with these lives that He has entrusted to you! What a scary and sobering thought! Parents, it doesn’t matter what age your kids are (5, 25, 50!), you have a responsibility to minister to them (and as they get older) to their children. Your child will always be under your nurture and admonition. Oh they may have their own families, but they still are under your care. Your job isn’t done when they turn 18!
We need to train up our children while they are young and there is still hope. “But they’re so young they don’t understand. They need to make their own decisions.” Your children don’t have the ability to make the right decision until they are born again, spirit filled, and have proven themselves to be workmen that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). Train them now while they are young, because there is a day coming where you will no longer be able to restrain your children from doing things. At that point it’s too late. We as parents can “force” our children into the kingdom of God by training them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. As we saw earlier, the Word of God says they will not depart from it, but it’s only IF you do your part.
We have a responsibility to brain wash our children with the Word of God! Everyday they must be washed with the washing of the water of the Word. They need to be brought to a place where they know nothing else! It’s our only chance! Oh they can know other things, but they need to know that the Word of God is the final authority in every situation. Our children need to be taught that, in a day and age where everything seems to have a gray area, there are absolutes. You will only find that in God’s Word where things are very black and white.
“So what’s the consequence if I don’t do these things? Kids will be kids, after all.” Yes, kids are going to be kids. They are little balls of flesh that need to be brought under authority by discipline. That’s why need to do our job as parents. God’s Word is pretty clear on the consequences of not following the biblical guidelines in raising our children. Your failure to raise your children in the love and admonition of the Lord will result in their spiritual death. That’s what we’ll talk about next week, so I hope you come back and join me as we conclude our 2 part series on training up Godly children.