We believe one really tangible way we can "store up treasures in heaven" is to raise up children in the training and admonition of the Lord. We cannot control whether or not they will be saved, but we can pray desperately for their salvation, and for wisdom as we seek to use the Word of God as our guiding light for raising up children who will desire to glorify Him with their whole lives.
Consider the following:
- You choose to buy a house, but "can't afford to have a child."
- You have a cell phone, satellite TV, and internet, but "can't afford to have a child."
- You eat out most nights, and often for lunch, but "can't afford to have a child."
- You spend your money on (input your wants here), but "can't afford to have a child."
God tells us that "Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward"!(Psalm 127:3). What a BLESSING to be given children, and even more so, to be able to have an impact on those children for eternity! You can trust in God, for he knows the needs of your family. Just a few verses later, Jesus tells us "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’... your heavenly Father knows that you need them all." (Matthew 6:31-32). As one family puts it, "God pays for what he orders".