CAST Voices Devotion: Children & Role Models
By Joseph Bode
Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:12-36; Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Children are a blessing from God and He has given us the responsibility to nurture them as they grow. However we have failed as parents, guardians, churches, and communities. The environment that we have created is toxic for children and it does not support their potential! The environment chokes their potential and eventually shatters their dreams. This forces many children to become substance abusers, thugs, poor, malnourished and so on.
On other hand, we also hear and see sad stories of children being abused, killed, forced into labour, etc. The list is endless. Those who are entrusted with the responsibility of caring for children have failed – they have neglected the responsibilities that God has assigned to them, even committing all sorts of crime against children. It is very sad that there are no role models, father figures, mother figures, brother figures or sister figures. The society is toxic and unfriendly to children.
Let’s look at a passage: 1 Samuel 2:12-36.
In the above passage we see a father, Eli, who was God fearing and did amazing things in the temple. He held a coveted highest office as a priest and a judge in the land of Israel. Sadly his sons brought it low because they sinned against God. The fact is that Eli did his job well, but he forgot his responsibilities as a father and parent – He neglected his sons. He was too busy for them, and he only began taking action after the people of Israel complained. He warned his sons but never stopped them, and the whole family had to suffer the consequences!
God has entrusted us with the responsibility of caring and nurturing children in His ways – in our homes, churches and communities. He wants us to make time for children and be good role models as well.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise”.
1. What is your attitude towards children? Do you see them as a blessing or a burden on your church or ministry?
2. How do you handle those children who are considered as an outcast, naughty, neglected, attention seekers, annoying and so on?
3. Do you consider yourself a good role model (father figure, mother figure, etc) to children? Are there areas you need to improve on in caring and nurturing for them?