by Jeff Schreve

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Series: Modern Family: God's Wisdom for Today's Families
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Ephesians 6:1-4

I believe one of the greatest blessings in life is the blessing of a child. The Bible says in Psalm 127, verse 3, "Behold, children are a gift of the LORD; the fruit of the womb is a reward." Children make life fun. They make life exciting. You know, one of the things about kids is they're so unpredictable. You never know what a four, five, six or seven year-old might say.

Well, here's the question: Why does God give us children? Is it just so we can laugh? Is it just so we can hear those things? I mean that's a nice thing. That's a plus and a perk. But why does God give us children?

Here's the answer: To love, to enjoy, and to train up to godly maturity.

God gives us children to love, to enjoy, and the big key thing - to train up to godly maturity. Malachi chapter 2, verse 15 says this: "Didn't the LORD make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does He want, godly children from your union." God is looking for moms and dads to raise up godly children from their union, from their marriage. "…children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127; verse 4 goes on to say, "like arrows in the hand of a warrior, in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children on one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."

Now God compares a child to an arrow. Now if you think about an arrow, what was an arrow? Well, an arrow at one time was a crooked stick. And somebody took that stick, and somebody worked on that stick, and somebody shaped that stick, and somebody sharpened that stick, and somebody polished that stick, and somebody prepared that stick so that stick could be put in the bow and shot at the enemy. That's what parents are for. Kids come to them as a crooked stick. And God says, "Parents, I want you to train up your children in the way they should go. I want you to wo ...

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