Who Do We Want Teaching Our Children?

This excerpt is from John MacArthur's teaching “Pursuing Divine Wisdom” originally published on Grace to You.  This is a call to action for Christian parents.  Who do you want teaching your children?

“The most important thing you could possibly learn is wisdom. Wisdom is not some spacey kind of thing, out in the air somewhere, some conceptual thing. Wisdom is skill in living and it starts with fearing God, moves to guarding your mind, selecting your companions, controlling your body, watching your words, pursuing your work, managing your money and loving your neighbor. Very simple. But that's it. And when you've done that, you've learned wisdom.

It's so important to be taught. I can say as a father, for example,

if I fail to teach my son to fear God, the devil will teach him to hate God.

If I fail to teach my son to guard his mind, the devil will teach him to have an open mind.

If I fail to teach my son to obey his parents, the devil will teach him to rebel and break his parents' hearts.

If I

fail to teach my son to select his companions carefully, the devil will choose them for him.

If I fail to teach my son to control his body, the devil will gladly teach him to give it completely over to his lusts.

If I fail to teach my children to enjoy speech that is honorable to God, the devil will fill their mouths with filth.

If I fail to teach my children to pursue their work, the devil will make them lazy.

If I fail to teach them to manage their money, the devil will teach them to waste it on riotous living.


If I fail to teach them to love their neighbor, the devil will gladly teach them to love only themselves.

Learn wisdom.”

Let me be blunt.  Someone is teaching our children.  Who is it?

Moms, let's be intentional as the time with our children is short.  Let's learn wisdom and pass it on to our children by God's immeasurable grace.

Proverbs 2:1-15 ESV

1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,
2making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
3yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
4if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
6For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8guarding the paths of

justice and watching over the way of his saints.
9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice

and equity, every good path;
10for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
11 discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you,
12delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech,
13who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
14who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil,
15men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

On this journey with you,