When Elias was born everything in me wanted to protect him from the world. And again that same feeling arose when I held tiny Owen in my arms. I wanted to guard their little hearts from pain and shield them from sin.
But I realized that the Gospel really changes everything. As a parent I can have confidence in the power of new birth. I can’t protect my children from the world. We live here. But I can trust that when God brings new birth, my sons will have hearts that overcome the world.
First John 5:4 says, “Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.” And if my sons have had their hearts transformed by the person of Jesus then they will not make a practice of sinning, because you can’t keep sinning ad be born of God (1John 3:9).
I can trust my children’s hearts to God because the one who will save them “is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). I don’t have to be on the defense- trying to manipulate and control their environment. I can be on the offense- going after their hearts and directing them to a very great Savior who rescues from sadness, sickness, and death.
I can show my children that Christ is far more attractive than anything this world has to offer them. I can rest in the power of the Gospel and pray that my sons receive new birth.