The honor to parent has been given by God to many people. Just as all the blessings He gives us invariably belong to him so too our children do not belong solely to us but to God. As parents we are only entrusted for a time with one of God’s most precious possessions. James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of the heavenly lights. Children are good and perfect gifts from God. Mathew 25:15-29 is a parable that Jesus used while here on earth to teach us about how we use the gifts that He has given us. In understanding this parable our desire should be to hear the words ‘Well done good and faithful servant’. We can do this by taking the loan God has given us of our children and be faithful to ‘use well what we are given’.
That phrase used in the NIV, which in the KJV is only translated into the word ‘hath’, in the original Greek is ‘echō’. This word carries a lot of meaning behind it. The most basic idea of the word though is simply to have, own or possess. Typically when we think of those words we understand it as being in reference to external things such as property or riches, which it does mean but it also has more meaning than that. Another aspect of this word, which the ancients would have automatically understood but we have to dig to grasp, is that ‘to have’ in this sense is used of those joined to any one by the bonds of natural blood or marriage or friendship or companionship. Though this definition only scratches the surface of the gifts we have on loan from God the meaning is the same. We are not just to ‘use well’ but to ‘have well’. The question then lies in front of us as to how we are to have our children well, as God will be hearing our account of what we have done with His most precious of possessions.
As with all things we need to follow the example of Jesus, or in this case His Father and ours. God is the best parent of all time and He desires for us to parent as He parents for we are blessed with the responsibility of His children. Some may automatically see a great difference between our earthly means of parenting and God’s, He is only Father and we raise children with a father and a mother. We have both masculine and feminine characteristics and traits that are typically displayed in one parent more than the other. No worries, with God all things are possible. He is able to exhibit both masculine and feminine characteristics at the same time. He is comforter, teacher, disciplinarian, example, friend all rolled into one.
The second roadblock as it would seem to our being able to parent as God is our lack of omniscience and omnipotence. We can’t know all things nor can we be all places. But it is alright. To parent like God does not mean we have to know all of the secrets and lies our children have. We do not need His supernatural power to be faithful with what He has given us. And if we do come to a place where we need it He is faithful to give us what we need to do our job well. James 1:5 says if we need wisdom we just have to ask God for it and He will give it to us freely. Whenever you need to, during the process of parenting, seek wisdom. God wants you to know all there is to know about His parenting so you can turn around and parent His children as He sees fit.