With that said, what does God want us to do with these gifts that He has given us? Just looking at Facebook, it appears that we think that we are to plug them into as many activities as feasibly possible and cater to their every desire. We justify these actions by claiming that we love our kids and want them to be happy every moment of their life. But is this what God desires?
We are told by God in Isaiah 43:7 that God created, formed, and made all humanity for one purpose, “for my glory.” Notice that the verse does not say "for the parent’s glory", or even "for the glory of the child". The reason your child exists is for the glory of God.
How are children to glorify God? First, they must be introduced to Jesus, and thankfully this is exactly what Jesus desires. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Parent’s how often have you been guilty of hindering your children from coming to Jesus Christ? Have you told them who Jesus is? Have you opened up the Bible and read the Gospel’s to them? In 2 Timothy 3:14-15 the Apostle Paul says this to young Timothy, “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Have you acquainted your children to God’s Word?
In Deuteronomy 11:18-19 it says, “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Moms and Dads is this a description of your child rearing? Is the Bible prominent in your home, or is the TV, video games, social networking, etc.?
In Proverbs 22:6 God commands parents to “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” How do we do this? Just read Psalm 119. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word” (Verse 9). “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple” (verse 130).
If you truly believe that your child is a gift from God, then I encourage you to consider what God’s will is for your kids, and give to them the treasure that is His Word.