Coming of Age and the Choice it BringsBro. David Chancellor
8/31/2003 6:00 PM
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
There are two things here that always go together: the coming to years, and choosing. Coming to years is maturing and growing up. Choosing has to do with deciding how to spend your life. The choice is thrust on the young whether they want it or not. The reality is for the parents, too. The ability to decide for the child is taken away. The power to choose brings with it a grave responsibility. Moses made a choice. He made a good choice.
Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Parents of young children have a grave responsibility. They make choices for their household. Dont take this responsibility lightly. You have to decide what is best for your family. Some have made bad decisions for the spiritual well being of their families. Sometimes it may mean suffering for the sake of your home. Godly parents make decisions cautiously, carefully, and prayerfully. When you were a child, your parents made choices for you. Some were big serving God some were small not having a TV. Young people, to a large degree, you are a product of the choices your parents have made. Parents want their kids to grow up, but there are things they wish they could shelter them from. Time brings a change, and there comes a time when the young must choose whom they will serve. The responsibility to choose becomes theirs. Here are some things to consider:
- Your parents have chosen well; will you choose as well?
- Your parents have achieved good results. The group of young people we have here is doing well academically, socially, and are a talented bunch of kids. What will the results of your choices be? Will you get as good results as your parents have?
- Your parents have set you on a path with a good end. What about the path you choose, will it lead to a good end?
Will you choose as well for yourself as your parents have? Will you be as cautious, careful and prayerful as your parents have been?
When children come to years, parents have only two tools left:
- Prayer, intercession to God for the child, seeking wisdom and protection for them
- Nagging parents can give advice, counsel and plead with their children and they will use this.
When is the coming to years? It doesnt happen at one point in time. Its not overnight. Its a process that begins at birth. Its gradually bringing children from dependence to independence, from being under the parents control to self-control. Its helping to prepare them for the choices that are coming. Each of us is making choices about how our lives are going to be. Are you choosing well? Where will the decisions youre making today take you? What will the fruit of your choices be?
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Whatever age you might be, your parents have tried to set before you life and good. This is all that a parent can do. If you turn away, how sad. A parents prayer is that you will choose life. Choose the Lord, for he is your life. There is a time when you have to definitely choose to serve God. What about those whose parents havent chosen well? At some point in time the choice still becomes theirs. Everyone has this choice to make. Choose well.