Are Your Children Called?

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Are Your Children Called?

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"Calling" is the term the Bible uses for the process of God bringing a people into a relationship with Himself (Acts 2:37-39; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Peter 1:10). It may surprise some to learn that God is not calling everyone in this present age (compare John 6:44), but is working with a small group of people called the "firstfruits" (James 1:18)—training them to help Him during the 1,000-year reign of Christ on earth. (To understand further, please request a copy of our free booklet What Is Your Destiny?) If you are reading this magazine and coming to understand the scriptural teachings it presents, God is likely calling you—and your children—now. What does that calling mean? That God wants to have a personal relationship with you, wants you to follow His laws and way of life, to repent of sin, become baptized, receive the gift of His Holy Spirit and ultimately be changed to an eternal spirit being to live forever as part of His divine family. What an awesome calling for you and your children! A parent who is called by God and understands God's truth really has but one course of action. He or she must follow Abraham's example of teaching his children God's truth, with the expectation that they will understand God's way of life and choose it as their own. The biblical perspective is always to encourage people to answer God's calling. God revealed through the prophet Malachi that one of His purposes in human marriage is that "He seeks godly offspring" (Malachi 2:15). This is God's desire for our children—their special heritage and identity. GN