There are some ‘fruits’ that all men are expected to bear (see ‘Your Fruit; Your Judge’ for more details) and these fruits form the basis of judgement for the part of life lived here on earth.
By this fruits, a man’s life can be classified as either an existence worthy of admiration or an existence on earth well wasted.
Today, we shall be looking at the first of these standards of judgment and that is, children
Children are more than a product of a biological process; a response to the desire to replenish the earth. They are much more than the extension of a man’s life or posterity.
They are eternal beings, with unparalleled, unique and precious purposes on the earth (destinies).
Permit me to create a more graphical picture. Ever before a child is born (on the earth), the Father defines the unique personality, abilities, qualities and characteristics of the child in such a way that it matches the problem (purpose) on earth for which he /she is sent. Then by divine election (predestination), chooses the people (parents) and environment that would be most crucial to the fulfillment of that child’s purpose.
Lo, children are an heritage of (not from) the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
Psalm 127: 3 (emphasis mine)
In other words, He commits the child to the parents, in trust. Never forget that the LORD hath made all things for himself (Proverbs 16:4) and just as He pointed out that all animals (including those that ‘seemingly’ have human ‘owners’) belongs to Him (Psalms 50: 10 & 11), even so all things (including children) are His.
Children, do not belong to their parents, they belong to the Father.
Please do note that the scripture states that they are a heritage ‘of’ the Lord not a heritage ‘from’ the Lord; implying that though the parents have custody of the child, the child belongs to the Father (God).
An example that may help you grasp this is your Credit/ Debit Card. Now this card ‘seemingly’ belongs to you and grants you access to certain privileges/services but if you take a close look at the back of the card you would see a line that reads something in this tone; ‘this card is issued by and remains the property of …”. Though the card is always with you, yet it belongs to the bank; and as such they have clear terms and conditions you must abide by to keep using the card.
Even so is the case with children, though with some unique variations...
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