"I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children are walking in the truth."
3 John 1:4
Last Sunday, we had the privilege to hear and celebrate Timothy, Katelyn, Matthew and Rebecca make public the faith that the Lord has worked in their hearts.
All of their lives Eric and I have earnestly prayed that the Lord would show them their sin and cause them to believe that Jesus died on the cross for them and place all of their hope in that great exchange: that Christ gave to them His righteousness and took their sin on himself.
In addition, we have sought, by God's grace, to teach them diligently, and talk of Christ when we sit in our house, and when we walk by the way, and when we lie down, and when we rise. (Deuteronomy 6:7) And we will continue to do so. It certainly doesn't end here! Though we fall short as parents all the time, Christ forgives and has chosen to bless our feeble efforts - what grace!
We praise the Lord that he has remained faithful to his word and has continued to work his Covenant grace in the lives of our children. Should it surprise us? When I look at how unworthy of all this grace we are, it does! But when I look how amazing and faithful Christ is, it really doesn't.
Please pray that God will bless their child-like faith. Pray that God will add wisdom and knowledge to their faith as they grow. Pray that they will continue to work out their salvation with fear and trembling as God works his good pleasure in them. (Philippians 2:12-13) And finally, please pray for us...that we will remain ever faithful to the vows that we made at their baptism to raise them to follow Christ and be mighty warriors in His kingdom.