Tuesday, March 17, 2009

An Encouragement and Precaution for Parents

By John Piper

Jesus tells of two sons:

What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” And he answered, “I will not,” but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, “I go, sir,” but did not go. (Matthew 21:28-30)

I draw this advice for parents from these words: Do not despair of the rebel, and do not assume the heart of the compliant child is with you.

Which means practically, pray like crazy for both of them. And keep showing both of them the gospel of undeserved, blood-bought grace.

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Jamie Wilson said...

I need a thumbs up like Facebook has. I like this. Reagan used to be such a easy, agreeable child. I am almost glad that she is giving me a little grief these days after reading this. What do you pray for your children? I consistently pray that 1. that God will persue them when they do not persue him because I know that time will come and 2. that God raise up a husband/wife for them so that together they will serve him. I am always interested in what others pray for their kids.