What Will Our Children Behold?

We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Amazing, isn't it? By beholding Jesus, we can be changed into His image! How does this happen? And what does this mean for our children?

To become like Jesus, to take on His character, is a lifelong process. We are to die daily to our selfish natures and seek to overcome sin. Beholding Him comes about through the study of His life as given in His Word. The life of Jesus is the perfect pattern of what we are to become. The more we contemplate this and put it into practice, the more we are changed into His likeness.

On the other hand, it is also true that we become like whatever we behold. We see people all the time emulating what they hold in high esteem. Observe a crowd and you will see this is true. The effects are evident of what many watch, read, and listen to. People are influenced by what they behold!

And what of our precious children? The Lord has entrusted them to us to raise for Him. They are so impressionable. What do they behold every day? Do the things that are set before them point them to their Creator and aid in the transformation of their characters?

Those who our children come in contact with daily will have an effect on them either for good or for bad. How can this be otherwise? Teachers, other adults, and children will impress them with their own opinions and beliefs which are often contrary to our own. Attending a Christian school does not guarantee safety either. We cannot always be sure that those who teach them are in total agreement with our own beliefs and values. Maybe even worse is that when you add in the other children in the class, your child will have even more influences for him to contend with. Wrong beliefs and habits are easy to pick up in this setting, and so hard to correct! In short, what others behold and transmit can affect our own children.

As parents, it is our responsibility to raise our children in the nuture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4) The only way to ensure that our children are beholding Jesus, and that which is pleasing to Him, is for them to be with us. Therefore, we must be willing to take on their education ourselves. In this way, with the Lord's help, we can lead and guide them, ever pointing them to our wonderful Saviour.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.



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