Stay Alert

“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:2727She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. (Proverbs 31:27)
Let us make sure nothing interferes with our child’s training. “This one thing I do  ...  I press toward the mark for the prize,” keeping my eyes on the goal, the Lord Jesus (Phil. 3:13-1413Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13‑14)). My deep desire is that my children will become strong in the Lord. I need the Lord’s help to stay alert every minute, like a driver who is heading down a busy freeway.
The Belgians loved Prince Leopold and the exquisitely beautiful Queen Astrid because they often mingled with the people, walking in the park, traveling third class or pushing their baby carriage along the sidewalks of Brussels. One day when the Queen was twenty-nine, the royal couple left their three small children with a friend and drove to Switzerland for a short vacation. As they were driving along the edge of Lake Lucerne, it began to rain. Prince Leopold took his eyes off the road for a few seconds to look at a map. The car swerved, hit a tree, and the Queen was killed. I mention this as a warning for all of us to keep our eyes focused on the road to full growth in Christ. Ephesians 4:12-1612For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4:12‑16) describes this. We need to carefully guide our children toward the goal, the Lord Jesus. He is working daily with each of His children. He will finally present each of His children faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. (See Jude 2424Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (Jude 24).)