Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth. 3 John 4
When you teach someone the gospel, you invest time and energy into that person. Many times you hear their struggles and their weaknesses as well as good things about them. As the person begins to read and study the Bible, you can almost see the challenges to their thinking. You watch as the person goes from knowing little of the Bible, to reading regularly. As the seed is planted, you can see it sprouting into faith and often blooming into something beautiful.
We moved to another city after living years where we had been. We had taught the gospel to many people. We had many spiritual children. The joy of returning some years later and seeing those who were still there faithfully continuing their walk in Christ brought such joy. Our work did not feel as if it had been in vain. Our efforts had been rewarded.
I have also had the opportunity to talk with unfortunately too many parents who have seen their own children leave the faith. The sadness is great and often brings tears of frustration and hopelessness.
We must do our best to see our children, grandchildren, and others we have taught stay faithful. That is best accomplished by instilling a strong love of God’s word and respect for its authority. There is no greater joy!