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The best gifts are the ones that transcend time. These are gifts that cannot be purchased at any price. They not for sale. Yet anyone in possession of them will never be poor. 


Solomon describes such a gift in Proverbs 4:1-2:

Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;

pay attention and gain understanding.

I give you sound learning,

so do not forsake my teaching.


The gift of obedience is priceless. Teaching your children that biblical obedience is doing exactly what they are told, right away, with a good attitude is a gift that will serve them for the rest of their life and into eternity.


Not too long ago I spoke with a mother whose daughter had called her to thank her for what she had been taught. The daughter told her mom how the truths she had learned as a child gave her strength as a young woman. The daughter spoke of how she recalled passages of scripture that her mom taught her as child.  She remembered them as she faced the daily challenges of her life. These passages brought peace to her and helped her to do what was right.  This response was something that her mom had prayed for as she taught her to obey over twenty years ago. This daughter had been given the gift of obedience that can only come from submission to Christ. She had been blessed.


There are times when you wonder whether the seemingly endless confrontations with teaching your child to obey quickly are really worth it – take heart, they are!


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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.