As Christians, we love our kids, and more than anything else we want to see them serving the Lord! Devoted Christians begin praying for them even before they are born! We have ceremonies of dedication we participate in that formally consecrate them and us as parents, and the entire believing community – the church, to their discipleship and spiritual nurture. Then we watch, and pray, and do our best to influence them for Christ. We pray they will embrace our values and the Savior! When the day comes that they put their faith in Christ for themselves and are “born again” we almost “think we’ve died and gone to heaven!” Every challenge they experience, every temptation they face, every concerning influence on their lives drives us to our knees in intense intercession. If they live out their commitment to Christ in faith-obedience, our hearts are filled with incredible thanksgiving!
That pretty well summarizes the message of “the walk of faith” we find Moses and his parents in Hebrews 11:23-28…
“By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.”
I want to be that kind of parent! And like Moses, I want to make life choices by faith that express my devotion and commitment to God – that demonstrate I’m “walking by faith!”