Every Saturday, I take some of my boys to work with me. Every Saturday, I wrap up my work week as I prepare for Sunday's Services. Every Saturday, I hope that some guys will show up for our planned Men's Coffee (And no one does). Some parts disappointing, some parts daily grind, all worth it. This is my routine every Saturday, and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. The Bible is clear that we're supposed to disciple our Children; Deuteronomy 6 has this to say: 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." We're to walk along the way, teaching our Children these things. As a Minister in Christ, (And I've said this before), my First Ministry is to my family. I wouldn't change these days for the world (even though sometimes the boys drive me crazy, they are 9, 7, 5, and 3), as I know they see me doing God's work, and somehow want to be close to me as I do it. I teach them about what I do, and I prioritize my work with God! What a great lesson I can teach! Sometimes, our Saturdays can be full of busyness, trips to the lake, chores, shopping, or sports. Whatever it is your Saturdays are full of, remember, if you have kids, neighbors who look up to you, nieces, nephews, students, or whatever, your ministry to them is important! They will care more about your walk with Christ than your weekly activities. They'll remember more what kind of person you are than the things you take them to see. Be the person who walks with Christ in front of them, and they will follow behind you as you follow behind Him.
Proverbs 22:6 ESV
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Psalm 127:3-5 ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:3 ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
Matthew 18:10 ESV
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.
Proverbs 17:6 ESV
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
Isaiah 54:13 ESV
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Mark 10:13-16 ESV
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
John 16:21 ESV
When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
Matthew 19:14 ESV
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Proverbs 20:11 ESV
Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Colossians 3:20 ESV
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.