Place to Begin Witnessing
our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may
be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace. Ps. 144:12.
Our work for Christ is to begin with the family in the home. . . . There is
no missionary field more important than this. Happy are the parents whose
lives are a true reflection of the divine, so that the promises and commands
of God awaken in the child gratitude and reverence; the parents whose tenderness
and justice and long-suffering interpret to the child the love and justice
and long-suffering of God; and who, by teaching the child to love and trust
and obey them, are teaching him to love and trust and obey his Father in heaven.
Parents who impart to a child such a gift have endowed him with a treasure
more precious than the wealth of all the ages--a treasure as enduring as eternity.
every child of tender age to be His child, to be adopted into His family.
Young though they may be, the youth may be members of the household of faith
and have a most precious experience. They may have hearts that are tender
and ready to receive impressions that will be lasting. They may have their
hearts drawn out in confidence and love for Jesus, and live for the Savior.
Christ will make them little missionaries. The whole current of their thought
may be changed, so that sin will not appear a thing to be enjoyed, but to
be shunned and hated.
and example parents are to teach their children to labor for the unconverted.
The children should be so educated that they will sympathize with the aged
and afflicted and will seek to alleviate the sufferings of the poor and distressed.
. . .
earliest years self-denial and sacrifice for the good of others and the advancement
of Christ's cause should be inculcated, that they may be laborers together
with God. . . .
that the families of earth shall be a symbol of the family in heaven. Christian
homes, established and conducted in accordance with God's plan, are among
His most effective agencies for the formation of Christian character and for
the advancement of His work.
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