“My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.” Proverbs 7:1,2
Even before my son was born (3 months ago) I began writing a devotional for him. It is a journal that is centered around on what I would tell myself if I could go back in time and warn myself of the pitfalls that were coming. I want my son to learn from the mistakes that I made. As parents don’t we all want our children to have a better life then we had, and avoid the pain of bad decisions? I know that simply writing a journal is not going to keep him from making mistakes. What I do want to do for him is to open all of the “doors” this life has and let him know where each one of them will lead.
Jesus does the same thing for us. He opens up every “door” that the world has to offer and shows us the pain that would be associated with each decision. The Bible gives us story after story of people and the decisions they made. David committed the sin of adultery and his life was forever changed for the worse. Joseph (of the Old Testament) chose to serve God and He found favor.
Ultimately, Jesus says that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” (John 14:6) If you agreed earlier that we want the best for our children, and Jesus is the way that will lead to the best life, then the answer is clear, point your children to Jesus. There will be no greater gift you could give. For those who trust in Him, He will give “joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)