BIBLE READING: GENESIS 12:1-3; PSALM 68:6; PSALM 96:7; ACTS 16:29-34
“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27 (NKJV).
The Plan of the Lord God Almighty from the very beginning was for mankind to fulfill the Dominion Mandate through the agency of the family unit. After blessing Adam and Eve, He commanded them to “Be fruitful, multiply, replenish the Earth, and subdue it, and have dominion…” Gen.1:28b (KJV). This was meant to be accomplished through the establishment of authentic families and households reflecting the Order of Heaven.
The family unit is the foundation of the society while the foundation of the family unit is the whole man i.e., the “Adam” or mankind (both male and female) who the Bible affirms is “complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power” (Col.2:10).
Every dysfunctional individual, whether a ritualist, street urchin or corrupt government official, is a product of a dysfunctional family. The onus lies on genuine Christian parents to regulate the moral tide of society by raising Godly children according to the Tenets of the Holy Bible who will become assets rather than liabilities to the nation: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov.22:6).
Some of the most powerful guidelines for bringing up the future leaders of a Godly Utopian nation can be seen in the aforementioned Scripture:
- Train up: This involves a deliberate upgrade or a conscious upward development of our children i.e., spiritually, morally, intellectually, professionally, etc., as opposed to indoctrination with vices and perverted ideals.
- A child: This indicates that training is easier to accomplish when the subject is either a child or childlike due to their malleability and diminished prejudice.
- In the Way he should go: There are two things involved here:
(i.) Children should be trained up in the Way i.e., in Christ Jesus Who IS THE WAY (see Jn.14:6a).
(ii.) They should be trained up in the Way THEY SHOULD GO, not in the way they want to go or the way their parents want them to go: Every child is a Godly seed with a God-given Assignment which they must fulfill because children may have come THROUGH their parents but they came FROM God.
- And when he is old he will not depart from it: This involves the internalization over time of the basic values needed to become an agent of change. In other words, this is the expected outcome that comes from the input, process and output.
Malachi the prophet spoke clearly by Divine Inspiration of one of the key roles of the Spirit of Elijah operating during the Endtime Enoch/Elijah Revolution: “Behold, I Will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the Earth with a curse” (Mal.4:5-6). Put differently, one of the major highlights of the Enoch/Elijah Revolution is the restoration of the Father-Son Order and fortifying the already fractured family unit. The family is the first Church and the first school, consequently, all Godly Christian parents must rise up to the challenge of restoring strength to the Mountain of Family.
Heavenly Father, to You alone we ascribe all the power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory and blessings. O Lord, please help us as parents to effectively raise Godly seed who will possess the gates of Your enemies in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.