look more closely at this. This applies mostly to children, but the parents can listen
carefully too. Often the children go off the track and if you look closely, you see the
parents havent taught them properly especially those with children a bit older. This
applies to young people and to parents who must bring up their children properly. The
Bible says Teach your children in His way and then they will not deviate from
it. You parents and mothers, do you hear? Parents complain and say the children
dont want to listen but the problem is with the parents. You cant blame
poverty for it. It's usually those that are better off that go wrong. In the world you
hear it is poverty that causes the problems. That is not true. If the parents follow the
Lord faithfully, the children will follow in their footsteps.
Young people if you are driving your parents into the grave then
you killed them. Honour you mother and father so that you may live long on this earth.
Many die young and it is because they havent honoured their parents.
Jesus was 12 years old and they had the tradition that at twelve
years the child is confirmed already. That child is recognized as one who can think for
itself. Joseph and Mary always went to the feast in Jerusalem. As a Christian there are
few things as wonderful as going to church. So often you hear parents say it's cold and
the child should stay inside. Why are you children at home? Are you a wolf with the cloak
of Christianity? You say the child isnt so well today and leave them at home and
that child will be a nail in your coffin. You dont bring them to youth services and
you will reap the results.
Mary and Joseph would go up to the feast every year and it was
from Nazareth to Jerusalem about 20km and they would take the child with them. Do you see
where the parents go wrong? While Jesus was on earth, the parents brought sick children to
Him. You leave them at home and they get up to mischief and do wrong things and
communicate with their cell phones with boyfriends. You say your child is mature enough
and knows what to do and not do. You dont know how children deceive their parents.
You say your child wont do such a thing. Be careful that your child doesnt
Mary was His mother and Joseph was like his stepfather because He
was begotten of God. May God be merciful to us parents. It would be terrible if your child
is in hell and you must join them there. May it not be that your child says, How can
my mother go to heaven? because the mother supported the child in what it did.
At Maphumulo there was a child who asked the mother for 5c. You could buy beer with it at
that time. The mother would complain that he always begged for money and eventually the
mother would give him the money. He would tell his mother that he would buy a cake but he
would buy liquor. While he was on his death bed he asked his mother to come close and he
bit off a piece of her ear. Then he said, I am on the way to hell because you always
gave me money and I bought beer with it. Woe to us if our children are deceiving us
and we dont have eyes to see it.
Psalm 8:2 says, "Out of the mouth of babes and nursing
infants You have ordained praise. God meant children to bring praise to Him. That
doesnt mean you must be horrible to your children. In fact, if you make them
stumble, you will be thrown into the deepest part of the sea. We cant take it
lightly. We must teach them Gods word so that together we can go to heaven.
Here we see that the parents took the child to the service whether
hot, cold or raining. They made sure the child went to the service and they didnt
miss an opportunity. They travelled for a whole day and they didnt notice that Jesus
wasnt in their midst. They had to walk. They didnt have a taxi. If there was a
service, they had to be there. After they had travelled a whole day, they looked for the
child and couldnt find him. Mary said, Maybe he got left in Jerusalem.
After three days they found Him in the temple. Not in the soccer stadium or on the street.
They found Him among the teachers in the temple. He was listening and asking them
questions. He wasnt just counting the lights or the beams in the roof. He was
listening attentively. They found Him sitting among the teachers of theology. It shows
that this was a result of His upbringing. They werent just interested in fireworks
and soccer and those kind of things. Mary said, My child what have you done to us?
We have looked for you for three days. Every one was astonished by this child but
the parents were upset. The teachers were amazed by the questions he was asking. This is
in contrast to parents today whose children make cheeky comments which is something you
wouldnt expect from a child. I have a lot of respect for Mary but here I am
disappointed. But He quickly corrected her and reminded her who His real father is.
I must be about My fathers business. Here she said a stupid thing. He
knew who His father was. But then it goes on to say that Mary and Joseph didnt
understand it. Its a pity that we dont understand so many things. He said,
Do you not realize that I must be about My Fathers business? But then He
went home with them to Nazareth and there was an amazing word. It says that He was subject
to them. Even if you do know more than your mother and father, you must respect them and
be subject to them. Jesus grew in stature and in favour with God and men. You young people
learn from Jesus. James said we should be an example to others in our conduct and even in
the way we honour our parents. Jesus helped in the home: cleaning, doing the dishes and
helping his father until he started his ministry. Do you children live this kind of life?
Parents do you bring up your children and grandchildren in this way? What do you say about
bringing up your children? Do you feed them heavenly milk? Will you enter heaven with your
children? I am happy when a grandchild arrives but I always have the question, where will
this child end up?
Remember Jesus said, "if you love father, mother, brother or
sister more than Me, you are not worthy of Me."
An Anglican minister had a dream and the wife saw something was
wrong with him. He didnt want to tell her, but she kept on asking him like a
dripping tap. Eventually he told her. I had a terrible dream. I found I was at
judgment day. Suddenly I was all alone before that Great White Throne. I was called by
name. God said, You have been a minister in four different congregations. Where are
they? Where are the deacons, the women, the choir and the youth? I didnt know
what to answer. He said, Where are your wife and children? As he looked
he saw a big group of people and they were all heading towards the bottomless pit. As they
fell into the pit they cried. He also noticed his wife and children. He was sitting in bed
as he told his wife this. And God said, There they go and you join them. And
then he fell backwards in bed and died. This is a true story of a minister in England.
Dont say your child must decide. The Lord will require his blood from your hands.
Let us not be like that Anglican minister, but follow God in