One night, I prayed for God to provide safety and protection over my son.
A pretty consistent prayer request of mine, but this night I expanded upon it. I prayed, help me to give my child the things he needs to become a godly man.
I want my boy to grow into a strong, confident, and faithful child of Christ. What Christian mom wouldn’t want that?
And God interjected, “He needs to need Me more than he needs you.” A little suprised, I didn’t know what to think of His Words.
To help, He provided this illustration for me…
Illustrating His Love
A mother, her child, and Jesus are sitting together. The mother places her hands upon her child’s hands and says, “I love you so much that I would sacrifice my life for yours.” Jesus, instead of placing His hands on the child’s, shows His palms and says, “I love you so much that I already have.”
This shows the depth of both the mother’s love and God’s love. But as you can understand from Jesus’s story, His love is much deeper and vaster than hers could ever be.
He gifted your child the fruit of the Spirit in this life and eternal life in the next. What He gave is something no mother can provide, but could only hope for when it comes to her children.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
A mother might be there for her child’s first steps and milestones. She may be there for every holiday, graduation, sports game, and major life event like a wedding or birth.
But God is there during first breaths and last ones. He knows every thought, struggle, and temptation we face.
Understanding His Love
A mother won’t be there for every tough decision, exciting experience, or conflict. When a mother can understand and accept her limitedness, then she can focus on the One Who is unlimited.
Which is why it is so important to help develop that relationship. We can’t just expect that going to church and praying over our little people is enough to do that.
Therefore, we need to be active with our abounding love so that our children can know and rely on Someone much greater. We have to invest in Him for our children’s sake, especially since we fall short.
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The sower sows the word. (Mark 4:14)
And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold. (Mark 4:20)
It’s imperative that mothers don’t get distracted by the day-to-day happenings. To instead, sow into what is important and lasting in our kids’ futures.
Restoring With Love
Because one day your little boy or girl might get injured and can no longer play the sport they love so much. Perhaps their best friends might not be their best friends anymore.
Or maybe, a traumatic event happens to him or her. And from that, your child is plagued with depression and thoughts of suicide.
We all don’t want to think of the horrible things that could happen. Yet, those terrible events happened to me and I’m someone’s child.
God is always there to guide, comfort, help, and love. He is there when the pieces fall apart and there to put them back together, stronger and better.
So when God told me that my son should need Him more than me, I realized that I was being convicted. I wasn’t doing enough for my son when it came to teaching Him about Jesus.
Standing In His Way
Sure, I have my boy in two different children’s programs during the week to help him learn about Christ, but God was saying it wasn’t enough. I had to wonder why because I’m not a teacher; it’s not my gift.
So why is he calling me, as well as other moms to do this task? Because a mother can stand in the way of her child’s relationship with Christ, even unintentionally.
A great example would be my own relationship with my mother. I relied heavily on her advice, wisdom, and love to navigate this world.
I learned that it was God trying to get my attention. Not to cause me long-term strife with her, but to realize that He should be my rock and my guide.
I still love my mother dearly, look to her for advice, and rely on her love. But I know that I need God more… and in the case of my son, He should also.
Training Up Your Child
So, are you standing in the way of your child’s relationship with God or are you making it a priority? Today, I’m setting an intention to make it a priority in my household, and I pray that you will do the same.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
- The Character of God for Kids by Julie Gossack (on the Bible app)
- Bible Study Fellowship International: study program for both parents and children, with in-person and at-home study lessons (requires attendance to receive lessons).
- 40 Bible Study Tools for the Whole Family (on faithalongtheway.com)
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