A number of years ago my wife was creating a memory book for one of our sons. I remember she was going through the book she came across a section that said parents what do you wish for your children. So my wife asked me to write down a few things a few thoughts about what I wished for our son.
So I thought about it for awhile. What I wish for him? Would I wish he became a doctor or a lawyer or a famous scientist or maybe even a pastor like myself? Would I wish he would have a big family like we did? A beautiful home? What I wish for him?
As I thought about it it became clear that there was really only one wish that I had for him. Thats that I would see him again in heaven.
Certainly there are many things are gonna wish for for our children. Wish that they be valedictorians that they finish college. And they find a good and faithful Christian spouse. But isn’t what’s most important that they know their Savior, Jesus Christ. Matthew chapter 28:19 through 20 we hear the great commission. It says this:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. –Matthew 28:19-20
Usually think about that passage, or those passages, as a call to evangelism. To do mission work. But they certainly also applied to the mission work done in our homes. To baptize our children and to teach them God’s word. Through these things he creates faith in their hearts and their savior Jesus Christ. Knowing him they have everlasting life.
I encourage you today as you think about your own children and grandchildren. Think about what is most important. To ensure they are baptized and taught God’s word. And know that through it they have everlasting life. Amen.