Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Training Children to Love Pleasure
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Most of us are familiar with the proverb: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). While I could say many things about this proverb, one thing is clear: the training of a child will affect the way he goes - he will not depart from it.
Grace to you.
One thing that our culture is trying to train our children to do is to live for pleasure - pleasing one's self. If a child is trained up in seeking pleasure, he will not depart from it.
"He that loveth pleasure
a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be
rich" (Proverbs 21:17). We are told here that the one who loves pleasure will be a poor man. The one who loves the things of the rich shall not be rich. That alone should make us want to be diligent. But what happens when a nation is taught to "have it your way"? What happens is the last days.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
- 2 Timothy 3:1-5
In the last days men shall be lovers of self, covetous (lovers of money), boasters, proud (regarding themselves as superior), those who speak evil against the Lord, won't obey their parents, trucebreakers (those who won't keep promises), those who accuse falsely, without self-control, fierce, counting those who are good as nothing, those whose only loyalty is to themselves, headstrong, thinking more highly of themselves than they ought, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Some of them will hang around the church but never taste the power. The command to us is to turn away from them. Otherwise, we may become like them.
Are we training our children to be lovers of pleasure? Are we lovers of pleasure? The time we have to train is short. Let us get serious. Pray for me.