Take Them To The Cross

Remember when you first looked into the eyes of your precious baby?  The first time you got to hold her… you looked down into her eyes. You’re instantly in love, and you vow to never let anything hurt her.  Babies are a gift from God. A gift that is vulnerable… and so brittle and dependent upon the parent for loving protection. In fact, the parent that truly does love their child will lay down their life for the life of the child.

I remember when I was a youth minister, we had a debate one night about how a mother should love her baby.  The question was asked, “What about tubal pregnancy? What should be done?”  The rarity of tubal pregnancy, or how rare it is for a baby to actually survive, is not the point. The point is we all understood that any Godly mother, if she had to face this, and if it were possible for the baby to survive, would gladly lay down her life for her baby. A real mother will sacrifice their own life for the life of the baby.  This is such a wonderful example of them following the Lord and His sacrifice.

But let me get to my main point. You care for the life of that child, right? You want them to be physically healthy. You want them fed, clothed, and loved. Right? And you make sure that they are.  But what about their soul?

I remember seeing a few commercials that stress the fact that we will do anything to fight for the life of our children.  One was about babies who were born without limbs. They showed how the parents would give all that they had, and get them to the best doctors that they could. They were so thankful for a certain hospital that would care for their babies as though the child were their own. But then I thought, “What about their spiritual health? What kind of church do you take your child to… if at all? What kind of doctrine are they being taught?”  I thought, “You care so much about their physical wellbeing, but what about their heart? How does it look to God?”

Another commercial was about a hospital for children with cancer. I’m sure you’ve seen it. It just breaks your heart.  You, as a parent, will sell your house and all your possessions if you need too, to save their life. And rightly so. Who wouldn’t? Your heart aches and breaks and beats for that child.  But again, what about their spiritual life and health? So many parents think that they are just fine. I mean, they do take their children to church on Easter and Christmas. Good enough, right?

The last commercial I saw was about some vaccine. If you gave your child this vaccine, they could grow up and get cancer.  Good parents care about that, deeply. So we take them to the doctor and check their records. We want to make sure they don’t get sick. We want them to live a long, healthy and happy life. Right?  But what about eternity? What happens after they die and face God for judgment? The Bible says:

“And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27).

They need to be taught the things of the Lord. They need to be taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Are you telling them? Parent, are you teaching them the Truth? Especially you, Dad?

The Bible says:

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4).

I remember when my babies were born. I cried like a baby! I was so thankful, but scared to death. I wasn’t a Christian at the time. God didn’t save me until I was 24. And my oldest daughter was 4 years old.  When the Lord saved me, I wanted her to be sold out to Him. I wanted her to love Him above all. As the Bibles says:

“Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37–38).

And again:

“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”” (Luke 10:27).

I remember teaching her a song called: Take Me To The Cross. She would get up in church and sing it with me.  I know that that song certainly has some bad theology. It isn’t right here and there. But I hope you’ll overlook that in order to get the main point. At the time I didn’t know about the errors in the song.  All I wanted was to take her to the foot of the cross. All I wanted was to raise her up in the Lord… and her come to love Him. I wanted her to love the Lord with all her heart, soul, mind, and strength. I wanted her to remember the Cross… the Gospel. I’ll never give up.

Momma and Daddy, it is your job and responsibly to take them to the Cross. No, you won’t be perfect. Lord does know all the ways I messed up and sinned. But are you fighting for their soul.. tooth and nail?

Mom, look at Timothy’s momma:

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 1:5 & 3:14–15).

Parent, are you teaching them this? We care about so much in regards to their wellbeing, but what about their spiritual life? What about Jesus? Where is He? Do you care for their soul, and the fact that they will face God and be judged?  Are you telling them that Jesus died on the cross for their sin, He was buried, and rose from the dead on the third day?  Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Trust the Lord and His Word. Keep quoting Scripture to them. Keep giving them the Gospel and the Word of God. For the Gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). And faith comes by hearing about the words of Christ (Romans 10:17).

Mark Kendrick, Preaching Pastor at IXL Baptist Church of Arkansas City, Kansas. The Lord saved me in July of 1998. I strive to know Him, and make Him known.

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