Today’s devotional from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening was particularly timely for me as it is mid-July and time to begin planning for school to start in a few weeks. This will be our 5th full year of homeschooling and we are beginning to see the fruits of obeying our Father’s call on our lives. Our son loves God, he knows God and he does his best to make Him known to others. That is actually our mission statement for our school – to know God and make Him known. Please if you are a parent and do not currently educate your children at home consider this post and diligently seek the Father’s will for your lives. Maybe He is calling you to bring those precious ones He has entrusted to you to raise up for Him home and tell them of Him.
“Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” — Joel 1:3
In this simple way, by God’s grace, a living testimony for truth is always to be kept alive in the land-the beloved of the Lord are to hand down their witness for the gospel, and the covenant to their heirs, and these again to their next descendants. This is our first duty, we are to begin at the family hearth: he is a bad preacher who does not commence his ministry at home. The heathen are to be sought by all means, and the highways and hedges are to be searched, but home has a prior claim, and woe unto those who reverse the order of the Lord’s arrangements. To teach our children is a personal duty; we cannot delegate it to Sunday school teachers, or other friendly aids; these can assist us, but cannot deliver us from the sacred obligation; proxies and sponsors are wicked devices in this case: mothers and fathers must, like Abraham, command their households in the fear of God, and talk with their offspring concerning the wondrous works of the Most High. Parental teaching is a natural duty-who so fit to look to the child’s well-being as those who are the authors of his actual being? To neglect the instruction of our offspring is worse than brutish. Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God. By a thousand plots Popery is covertly advancing in our land, and one of the most effectual means for resisting its inroads is left almost neglected, namely, the instruction of children in the faith. Would that parents would awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter. It is a pleasant duty to talk of Jesus to our sons and daughters, and the more so because it has often proved to be an accepted work, for God has saved the children through the parents’ prayers and admonitions. May every house into which this volume shall come honour the Lord and receive his smile.
As always beloved brothers and sisters in Christ may the Father bless and keep you.