"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God."
As Christian parents we want nothing more than for our children to know God and be known by God. We labor hard to this end. We teach them, we pray for them, and we wrestle through spiritual truths with them. We struggle to know when to discipline them and when to show grace. We cry, we laugh, we love. We hope, we trust, we yearn.
And we know that ultimately their eternal state is completely outside of our control.
If our children are to become children of God, it is not by our blood. It is not by our will. It is not by the will of any man on earth. It is only the will of God.
It is a real temptation for me to feel so much fear at the thought that the state of my children's eternal souls is out of my hands. But it really ought to bring me the greatest comfort. Their souls are in the hands of a loving God...a God of grace. He is perfect and his wisdom is perfect. He is also perfect in how he chooses to display his glory.
On the good days and on the bad, I'm so thankful that they are under his authority. There is no better place for them to be.