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Thou Shalt Have More Kids

Posted: Thursday, June 9

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Kings 5:1-6:38
Acts 7:1-29
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 16:28-30 

 

Verse of the day:

Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. (Psalm 127:4)


Ground rules first. We’re confining this conversation to those in a healthy Christ-centered marriage. If you’re single, continue to run through fields of daisies doing whatever you want whenever you want. I look forward to nodding and smiling the next time you tell me how confining your schedule is. Now, if you’re married but currently working through a difficult season, it may be unwise to pursue pregnancy. Babies don’t heal marriages; they test them. 

 

 

The demographic remaining is fairly limited. If about 50% of Americans are married and about 35% are a childbearing age, a chosen few are responsible to perpetuate the many, and that’s just the beginning. The call to Christ-centered parenthood is far nobler than avoiding extinction. It’s about affection. It’s about laying your life down for someone else. Proverbs says, “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.”

 

 

So why are we avoiding a gift? Why are we choosing control over reward? I had a friend once tell me, “We’re going to stop at 2 kids because I can’t afford private school for 3.” I’ll tell you what I told him. “I’m pretty sure your third child would happily exchange a public school education for the opportunity of life.”

 

 

I can also recall a memorable conversation with a friend who battled infertility for eight years. He said, “God blessed me with a great wife, and this world needs our children.” I couldn’t agree more. He and his wife have now adopted twice and had a surprise pregnancy this last year. 

 

 

If the good life is measured by clean living rooms, economic flexibility, and 5-year plans, having more kids won’t get you there. But if we take our cues from Scripture, we can’t help but admit that children aren’t liabilities. They are assets.