Psalm 139:13 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”
That’s one of my favorite Bible verses. It’s a reminder that God makes no mistakes.
How is it that we can take a blessing from The Lord and turn it into an idol?
An idol can be something or someone we love more than God. I’ve been guilty of making things or people idols in my life. I have been guilty of harboring those idols in my heart. On the outside one may look like an exemplary Christian (if such a thing exists). But, what about what we are harboring in our hearts?
Matthew 15:8 “This people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;”
So, how do we teach, raise, and love our children without making idols out of them?
· We need to be concerned about their salvation. What is more important than where your children's soul goes at death?
We live in a sinful world. We are sinners, our kids are cute sinners. We can’t forget that.We can’t pretend to be oblivious to their behaviors. It is important that we correct them in love.
Exercise influence, discipline, and love over your children. Think about parents that you may know that failed to discipline their kids? Or are you the parent who is hesitant to discipline your child? I don’t know about you, but I have been around children, and even some adults, and I wondered if they were disciplined as children. Discipline is love. Proverbs 19:18 “Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.”
I am not saying you should be a tyrant, but if you love someone you correct them when wrong. You speak truth to them, and you love them. Without discipline, you are setting your children up for failure. The same goes for love. Without love, you are setting your children up for failure. We need to be able to love them. I have also been around children and young adults who appeared to lack love from their parents. It is a hard sight to see. We will give an account one day for how we raised our children. Did we lack love when necessary, did we lack discipline when warranted? Romans 14:12 “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
God comes first to the Christian. God comes before the Christians spouse, and the Christians children. No created thing should be above God in our life. Idolatry is more than bowing down to a statue, idolatry can be in your heart.
Now if you are making an idol out of your kids how do you stop? I would never suggest they be loved any less. No, that is not the answer. I believe the answer is to love God more. The answer is to love God most. When we see God as we should we don’t place anything or anyone above him. How do we love God more? By spending time with Him. Is the Lord all you need? If you always find yourself wanting more, you may have idols in your life. You won't have the closeness you desire with God if you have idols in your life. Ask God to remove any idols in your life that you place before Him.