Two Very Different Sons
When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents (Genesis 25:27).
Esau and Jacob. Same mother, same father, twins. Raised the same way with the same belief system. But you would never meet two more diverse persons on the face of the earth.
Parents will often lament to me about problems they’re having with one child while another child is doing splendidly. A parent will say, “You know, Pastor, I’ve raised ’em the same way.” And I think to myself, That’s the problem. You cannot raise all children the same way and expect it to be a fruitful venture. Children are not robots. They each have their own unique talents, interests, and temperaments.
The role of the parent is to seek to shape our children and to understand how to parent them uniquely. We should raise them with love, fairness, discipline, and teaching in hopes that our children will one day be able to grasp the grace of God. We pray that one day they’ll claim the grace of God and allow Him to transform their lives through Jesus Christ. And in the process, some of our children are going to choose to claim that grace and repent, and some are not. Do your best, pray for God’s guidance, and leave the results in the hands of God.
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