“And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:32
Where did parents get the idea of calling children “kids?” I can’t find any solid information on this expression. But besides searching for this in history, what are we saying when we use this word for the children God has given us?
Does God anywhere in His Word call us kids? No ~ His children are sheep. This puts a totally different light upon how we look at, and bring up our children.
They are lambs ~ not goats. We may all act like goats at times, pushing and shoving one another, wild in our nature; but God, our Father has born us into a new nature through Jesus Christ’s work, and life, and His Spirit within us.
Should we not also treat our children as if they are His children, though they do not yet act like it. If we treat them as kids, letting them run wild in the field of this world they will indeed fulfill such vision as we have for them.
On the other hand if we consider them as “lambs,” doing for them what our heavenly Father does for us, we will provide for them, lead them, assure them, and nurture them ~ bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) “discipline and instruction.” (ESV)
We will be a shepherd to them. We will protect them, direct them, and correct them.
We will project to them the path, in which ~ and the goal ~ to which, we are going together. They will, in the process, come to understand their true role, and the purpose for their being a lamb of God.
The “kids” of this world are becoming the “goats” of tomorrow. God’s “lambs” are becoming the sheep He expects them to be. Only He can take a goat and make him a sheep. “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creature” (2 Corinthians 5:17); “and have put on the new self, which is renewed in the knowledge of Him who created him.” (Colossians 3:10)
The “lamb that was slain” became the shepherd that leads us to be the parents of His children ~ special gifts of life to us. Give yourself to the “true Shepherd” and allow Him to work in you to bring up His children for His glory, your joy, and the joy of your family and others.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly more than we can ask or think,”
by His power of grace working in us.
Dear Father in heaven, “hold me by my right hand; guide me with your counsel.” “Lead me in the paths of righteousness, for your name’s sake.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.