Parenting & Instant Gratification?

Don’t you just love the instant fruit of all your labor as it relates to parenting and training your children!

What fruit?

Generally speaking, we are people who want what we want, when we want it; and most of us usually get it.  But not with our kids.  Our kids are a different story and the golden moments where parenting and instant gratification mix are very few.

It can be difficult to daily muster the energy and continue investing in the hearts of our children.  How we respond to this reality will have a massive long-term impact on our children. Do you believe that?

Jesus’ words in John 2….

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”  The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?”  But he was speaking about the temple of his body. When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. -vv. 19-22

For three years the disciples were with Jesus and failed to comprehend the significance of Jesus’ words.  The disciples had been exposed to the truth, attaining a head knowledge, but failing to see the true life-changing significance of Jesus’ words until after the resurrection.

“For three years it was a dark and useless saying to them.  For three years it lay sleeping in their minds, like a seed in a tomb, and bore no fruit.  But at the end of that time the darkness passed away.  They saw the application of their Master’s words, and as they saw it were confirmed in their faith.”  – J.C. Ryle

Ryle applies the text for us…

“The texts that are taught by parents to children are not all taught in vain.  There is often a resurrection of sermons, and texts, and instruction, after an interval of many years.  The good seed sometimes springs up after he that sowed it has been long dead and gone.”

“parents go on training up children in the way they should go.  Let them sow the good seed of the Bible truth in faith and patience.  Their labor is not in vain in the Lord.  Their words are remembered far more than they think, and will yet spring up “after many days.”

Lets not put off till tomorrow what can/should be sown into the hearts of our children today.

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