“The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice. My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”
Righteous children cause their parents and their Heavenly Father to rejoice. For this cause, God’s Word tells us that we should be fruitful and multiply.
“And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.”
We can be fruitful and multiply in two ways:
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Both of these methods involve making more disciples to follow Him. Whether or not we raise children of our own, each of us have the opportunity to carry out the Great Commission that Christ gave before He ascended back to Heaven.
“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples…Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
The goal is to rejoice over the fruit we produce, seeking fruit that remains for His glory.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Deuteronomy 31-32. | Acts 3 | Proverbs 2
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