Feb
02
2006

Having a Heart for Family

The Childless by Choice crowd often looks at materialism as the blessing worth seeking after. Wealth and travel, social status and fame–these are the virtues of the modernist. Children who come into the equation are nuisances worth aborting from the tightly woven plan of the young couple.
This contrasts greatly with the heart of Abram who, after 70 years of faithfully serving the Lord, was disappointed at the results. What were the results? They were quite impressive:
  • Wealth and travel: “Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.” (Gen. 13:15)
  • Social status and fame: “I will make you into a great nationa and I will bless you; I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.” (Gen. 12:2)
Abram was quite blessed. His house was large with hundreds of servants; his social status with the tribes were highly respected; his financial independence was exactly that–independent. Abram had nothing, really, to complain about. He was a GQ kind of guy: a success.
Yet what was his problem? He had no children…
But Abram said, “O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” (Gen. 15:2-3)
The contrast is revealing. A modernist sees children as a curse; a righteous man sees children as a blessing. A modernist sees no value in passing a heritage onto his offspring; a righteous man sees no value in building up a heritage to pass onto no one. A modernist sees life with children as a waste; a righteous man sees life without children as empty and shallow. The contrast is incredibly revealing.
About Chris & Wendy Jeub

The Jeub Family live in Monument, Colorado. They encourage couples to love God and love one another, building an atmosphere of love in their homes.