Investments are always discussed at a financial perspective. Invest money to receive more in return, right?
Well, have you ever considered the fact that having children can be an eternal investment?
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Effecting Another’s Eternal Life
We have children. We raise those children in a godly way. As parents, we pray daily for them to follow Jesus and effect the kingdom of God.
What we invest into our children’s lives on a daily basis, in a biblical sense, is affecting the world eternally. Our children go out and influence their friends, strangers, neighbors, other family members… and what happens? Many of these people get exposed to the gospel. Which leads to more people entering into the kingdom of God because of your children’s obedience.
But this all started back with your obedience. First off, you chose to have children. Secondly, you chose to raise them in a godly home.
The destiny of a person’s eternal life is changed drastically because of the influence and legacy your children are leaving.
Basically, the more children you have, the greater of a reach your family will have- influencing the world for the kingdom of God. Having children is an eternal investment.
What You Gain
You cannot take your job, your car, your money, your TV, not even your job status into the kingdom of heaven. The ONLY things you can take into heaven (assuming your children would be following Jesus) are your children.
THEY ARE THE ONLY THING YOU CAN TAKE INTO HEAVEN.
So, the reality is, the more children you have, the more opportunities of blessings you will eventually receive into heaven. Plus, this is not even mentioning all the grandkids and great grandkids that will hopefully be joining you in eternity as well! Having children is an eternal investment.
I’ve been meditating on the fact that children are an eternal investment for several years now. The other week, as I was reading Amber Fox’s recently published book, The Homeschooling Housewife, I heard for the first time someone else discuss this topic as well.
Here are a few excerpts from her book:
“Did you know the only thing you can take with you to heaven is other people? Think with me for a moment about the descendants you will have two hundred years from now. The only way you will ever have an influence over them will be through your children. It is a crazy thing to think I might be able to influence my great-great-great grandchildren by doing a good job of teaching my own children right now, but the goal of a Christian mom is to pass her faith on from one generation to the next, and that starts right now!…
Think with me for a second about how many people you could reach your lifetime if you raised three kids who grew up to be believers. If your three kids each raised three kids who loved God and served Him, that would be nine more believers, and if each of their kids had only three kids, and those kids loved God and served Him, then you have reached twenty-seven people with the gospel. That is not even counting any of the spouses your godly kids would have married in order to have their godly kids…
…but I know that if you are raising kids who love God and want to serve Him, the chances of your family carrying on your faith are much higher. Your kids will have a much higher likelihood of continuing to put their faith in God, simply by watching how you live it out on a daily basis now! That is a lot to think about! Do not get caught up in thinking you have to do everything just right in order to raise godly kids; just teach your kids to love Jesus and to serve Him, and, more importantly, have an authentic faith yourself.”
Throughout her book, Amber’s words have touched my heart like no other. With her practical tips on mothering and being a wife, she dives deep into the Truth. She just doesn’t tell you that ‘this is what you should do’. But instead, she gives her advice on certain topics and wraps her heart around each one giving you a greater understanding.
If you are a mom, this is a must read! It’s not just for homeschooling moms. There is an incredible amount of wisdom and guidance in here to be learned for moms at every stage of life. This is one of those few books I cannot wait to grab and continue reading from where I left off. I’m only a quarter of the way through and so far have loved every part of it. I have no doubt there is still lots of meat throughout the rest of this book!
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What are your thoughts on children being an eternal investment?