Jer 1:5…Before you were born I sanctified you;…
In 2017 alone, suicide claimed over 47,000 lives most between the ages of 10 and 34. The leading cause was credited to feelings of hopelessness or desperation.
In light of these alarming rates, point #2. Salvation – that is “… Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27). God declares to Jeremiah “…before you were born I consecrated you…”, God set him apart, this was a message of hope he needed to hear and be taught. The apostle Paul echoes the same in giving his testimony of salvation, “15 But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son to me…” (Gal 1:15 -16). This salvation does not come automatically, parents must first have faith in God then teach their children the same. Paul writing to Timothy reminds him of his journey to faith, it began with his mother and grandmother’s faith, teaching, prayer, 2Ti 3:15 “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”.
Parents are to seek to guide their children in the way that leads to heaven, the foundation to stand upon concerning their verticle relations to God, and horizontal relations to man. Parents are to launch their children into the future by storing their minds with truth that leads to salvation and life. Let them know all that it is right to do, both with respect to God and man, that they are not destroyed for lack of knowledge. Then pray, pray, pray. Tit 2:11-13 “11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Hope keeps children alive.