Are We Hurting Our Children?
“Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet… and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse” (Malachi 4:5-6).
A model is a smaller version of an item. A model car is a smaller version of a real car.
Our children are models, a smaller version of us. They are like mirrors that we can look into and see ourselves. We demonstrate certain behaviors in front of our children and they act out what they have learned. Therefore, our children typically become like us. If we are not careful in how we live our lives, that can be a very painful reality.
Certainly, most parents work hard to raise their children in a way that will honor God. We certainly hope their lives are filled with joy and happiness, and that as they grow older they will find meaning and purpose in the Lord.
As we are raising and giving discipline to our children, we expect them to listen. We want them to do what we say.
They may follow our instructions, but unfortunately, they may also do as we do. They watch us and follow our example. If there is inconsistencies between our instructions and our actions they will be confused. Are you showing the example of Christ?
Read Malachi 4:5-6 again. Look at your children, and then look at who you have modeled your life after. Ask the Lord for help to make a change.
“Like a sparrow in her flying and a swallow in her wandering, so the curse without a cause cannot come” (Proverbs 26:2).
For a closer look at living in the image of Christ (and raising children) you might find our teaching on Burden Bearing to be interesting.