What Should be a Parent’s Primary Concern?

It is amazing to think of the many things parents can get caught up in exerting energies toward when it comes to rearing children these days: sports teams, academics, intelligence, percentiles, grades, awards, achievements, manners, morals, outward religion, social groups, health, etc. Not that any of those things are inherently bad or wrong, but should any of them be the primary thing we direct the hearts of our children toward? I think Ryle answers that question for us in the following quote:

No interest should weigh with you so much as their eternal interests.  No part of them should be so dear to you as that part which will never die.  The world, with all its glory, shall pass away:  the hills shall melt: the heavens shall be wrapped together as a scroll; the sun shall cease to shine.  But the spirit which dwells in those little creatures, whom you love so well, shall outlive them all, and whether in happiness or misery (to speak as a man) will depend on you.  This is the thought that should be uppermost on your mind in all you do for your children.  In every step you take about them, in every plan, and scheme, and arrangement that concerns them, do not leave out that mighty question, ‘How will this affect their souls?’

– J.C. Ryle

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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2 Responses to What Should be a Parent’s Primary Concern?

  1. Randy says:

    Dear Elizabeth, all I can say is “thank you Lord!” for the wonderful way you and Geoff are living out these precious principles in your lives as a family. You are not only writing wonderful posts, you are living them out by God’s grace!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Dear Randy,

    That is incredibly humbling. But like you said, it is only by God’s grace (and that alone). To Him be the glory! 🙂

    Elizabeth

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