What Does God Measure?

July 24, 2012

Accept, Faith At Home, Interact, Time

You get what you measure.

If you want smart children, measure their exposure to information and ideas and their performance on tests or progress on an IEP.  If you want athletes, evaluate how committed they are to physical training and how well they perform in sporting events.  If you want relational children, determine how connected they are and how popular they are among their peers.  People tend to measure what they consider important.

So, what does God measure?  Our hearts.  God creates us to love, serve,  and obey Him.  For this reason He measures our progress in these areas as His indicators of our devotion to Him and faith in Him.

As a parent I have come to realize that my primary responsibility is to raise children who have a life-impacting faith.  To do this I need to focus on what God measures.  That doesn’t mean that I’m supposed to ignore the importance of developing my boys’ intellectual, physical, and emotional dimensions.  But it does suggest that I step back and survey the bigger picture of God’s priorities and raise my children in light of His standards and what He measures.

The responsibility for raising a child that grows in his or her love for Jesus and has a desire to serve Him, according to the Bible, belongs to me…the parent.  This is not the primary role of the church, Sunday school teacher, or children’s pastor.  According to Scripture, it is the role of the parent(s).  The primary location where the spiritual nurture of children is to occur is in the home, not the church.

  • “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Prov.22:6).

The command given here is to parents. Parents are to train their children in the way they should go not the way they want to go.  But, the question is, what way should they go? We find that answer in Ephesians 6:4:

  • “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

The word “nurture” is the translation of a Greek word which refers to the teaching of children.

If I were being honest with you I’d have to share that I’m behind the power curve at home with my boys in the things that God measures.  They have special needs and I’ve been very focused on remediating those needs the best I can.  However, I’m convinced that raising my sons’ in the knowledge of the Christian faith needs to be given priority and serve as a pivot point in my home.

I’m not sure how this is going to look or how it’s going to work.  If you’re a parent of a child with special needs then you totally get that life at home is busy!  Being a parent to a child with special needs typically takes up just about any spare time a parent has around the home.  If your house is like mine there is constantly something that requires your attention.  But if God calls parents to be the primary people who teach their children about His love for them and His desire to have a relationship with them, then He will provide a way…it’s simply up to us to keep our eyes open to what that might look like!

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Michael Woods, M.A. BCaBA CPI

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About Michael Woods

Christ-follower, husband, chocoholic, and peanut-butter lover! I'm a father to triplet boys...each on the autism spectrum.

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