We grandparents are often known for spoiling our grandchildren. We buy them clothes and fun toys, take them to fun places and fill their tummies with yummy treats.
There’s nothing wrong with treating our grandchildren with material things from time to time. The problem comes when we do all these things, yet leave their precious souls naked and un-fed.
When I look into the beautiful eyes of my grandchild, I see a precious, eternal soul. A soul that’s going to spend eternity in either one of two places; heaven or hell. I know that’s not what people want to hear but it’s a stark reality!
The worldly thinking is that everyone goes to heaven when they die. That’s wishful thinking and it’s far from the truth. It’s not biblical. God, in His infallible Word has made that abundantly clear!
In light of that, I’d like to share some of the things that I want for my grandchildren and plan on teaching them by word and deed, all of which, God willing, will help to instill in them a healthy fear of the Lord.
I want my grandchildren to know from early on that they are sinners, and that while I think that they are absolutely wonderful, they are sinners in need of Jesus along with the rest of mankind. That their hearts are not naturally inclined toward God.
I want to tell them of what Jesus did for them and that unless they repent and surrender their lives to Christ they are destined for hell.
I want them to know that God is good, especially to those who are His.
I want them to know upfront, that as a Christian, life will sometimes be quite difficult and that the world may hate them and persecute them , but it can’t touch their soul which rests safely in their Heavenly Father’s hands. That no matter how hard things may seem, God is always with them. He is on their side.
They should know that they can’t have one foot in the world and the other in God’s kingdom. God won’t accept half-heartedness.
They need to know the difference between the truth of God’s word and the lies that the world is telling them.
I want to help to equip them to be able to stand strong in their faith and to be able to defend it; to live it out, even if that means they are criticized or unpopular because of it.
I want them to have joy in Christ even if they have nothing else and for them to know what it is to truly walk with the Lord every minute of every day.
I want them to have a love and a thorough knowledge of God’s word and to not be ashamed of the gospel or Christ even though the world will try it’s best to shame them for their beliefs.
They should be shown the importance of church and corporate worship. That church isn’t a place or a building, but a family of God’s people, the bride of Christ and that it’s important to belong to a solid, bible believing church because we can’t live out our faith alone.
I want to inspire in them a love for the lost and the hurting, whether inside or outside of the church. I want to teach them to be giving and to know that everything they have including money and possessions belong to the Lord.
I also want them to learn about the importance of forgiveness and to be willing to forgive just as Christ has willingly forgiven them. They need to know the damage of harboring unforgiveness, bitterness and resentment in their hearts and that harboring grudges is equivalent to drinking poison and hoping that your offender is the one to die.
I intend to be there to help my children to raise their children and to be for them a light in a dark world, as long as God enables me to do so, keeping in mind the need to honor and respect my children’s role as the parents.
Finally, I will be their prayer warrior, praying with them and for them.
So while it may be fun to bestow upon our grandchildren creature comforts from time to time, if we leave out sharing and living out our Christian faith with them and ministering to and nurturing their precious souls, it’s a travesty; for what good is it for them to gain the whole world, yet lose their souls?