We come this morning to the gospel of Luke again in our ongoing study of this great treatment of the life of our Lord Jesus Christ by the inspired physician Luke. And we come to a brief but potent and important portion of Scripture, chapter 18 verses 15 through 17...Luke 18 verses 15 through 17. And I've entitled this section and it's suitable, it's the obvious title, "Children and the Kingdom of God...Children and the Kingdom of God."
All of us who are Christian parents, all of us who have been given the responsibility to raise children carry the weighty concern for their eternal destiny. In fact, there probably is no greater concern in our lives than that, surely there is none. We pray for the salvation of our children. We work for the salvation of our children. We expose our children to gospel truth. We endeavor to live before our children in such a way as to bring honor to Christ and make the gospel attractive. We engage our children with every opportunity we can in the life of the church that they might be influenced by the things of Christ. We are selective about who are children play with and who they associate with and where they go to school because we want good gospel influences to prevail in their lives. And that's a very, very understandable thing for parents to do because there is no greater concern than the salvation of our children. We want our children in heaven and not in hell. We are compelled with the eternality of life and the consequence of rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel should that be the path that our children would take.
This is a dominant concern. It is not just a dominant concern for us, but it is a concern really for all people who have any sense of eternity. All religious people carry the same weight, the same burden. I remember when I was meeting with some of the leaders of the Mormon church, they told me their greatest concern was that Mormons were losing their children to their religion and thus their children were forfeiting a future in the kingdom of God. Well even though their religion leads no one into the Kingdom of God, the concern of parents again is illustrated. In any religion, parents are concerned that their children follow the path that they think, any way, is going to lead them to heaven and to God and to eternal well-being. For those of us who are real Christians who understand the true gospel and the only way to heaven, this is our great compulsion as parents....