Have you heard people say that before? Oh, he’s “just” a child. They usually say it in some snarky tone or with a meaning of “he has no influence!”
I pray The Lord would allow us to see with supernatural eyes, instead of merely natural eyes.
A child is way more than “just” a child. The investment you make into a child’s life – be it your own, or others – goes far deeper than you have room to imagine.
Natural eyes see “just” a child…
They see dusty blond hair, skinny boyish arms, lack of vocabulary, and short attention spans. Truly, they are seeing a child as exactly how he is in that moment… But I believe that’s often a trap of the enemy.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he who keeps the law, blessed is he.
What’s funny about that verse is a handful of verses above it is talking about disciplining your children. This verse to me, while it can be taken so many ways, is about raising children!
In verse 17 it reads,
Correct your son, and he will give you rest; yes, he will give delight to your heart.
What I’m trying to say is, you need to grasp the vision for each child. A vision where they are grown, they can speak clearly, they have patience, and understanding…
Supernatural eyes see an eternal soul which has to spend eternity one of two places. And if, by your teaching and example, they submit their lives to Jesus and are washed by His blood then you get to spend eternity with them!
Supernatural eyes see gifts and talents that need to be grown into, developed, and honed. These talents are God-given and can literally be anything! Imagine the ministry and the influence this child could have!
Supernatural eyes see the child’s wife/husband. The wife/husband role is at the very front of all that we do, top of the list! Being a good wife/husband is a ministry to the other partner, as well as a light for other couples to see Jesus through! Which leads me to…
Supernatural eyes see that child’s children, and children’s children. When you look to caring for a child you hardly see their great grandchildren in them, but they are there! This life goes SO fast! By your love and correction you are literally shaping generations!
I believe the enemy wants you to see a child as “just” a child. They are so much work! They are messy, they need constant watching/discipline, they need to be schooled, fed, washed, taken to appointments… They need time around the dinner table. They need Mom’s uninterrupted attention. They need birthday parties and christmas presents. And the list rattles on, and on, and on…
Yes, these things are sometimes great joy.
But, sometimes they’re not.
And that’s when you sacrifice for them.
You literally say in your head, “I’m not going to do what I WANT, I’m going to do what’s best for my child by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
To be a good mother, I believe that’s felt A LOT.
To the child who is abandoned, in foster care, or special circumstances… abused, shut out, seen horrible things, felt the unwanted touch of others… That child should not be forgotten, or discarded, or excluded.
Yes, you take practical precautions, but it should never stop you from loving…
Because that child can be touched by God, too.
God is a perfecter, our Healer. He makes all things new.
Next time you look at your child, your grandchild, ANY child… They’re not “just” a child. The seeds of your loving care will produce fruit for years to follow. Be diligent and intentional and never stop the love of Jesus from flowing through you!