Training Ground for Ministry
- Monday, December 13, 2004
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
As my wife and I homeschool our children, they will learn how to read, spell, write, and communicate. We will teach them history, math, science, logic, reason, and philosophy. They will be educated in art, literature, and music. All of these things will make them knowledgeable; however, it is their training in the fear of the Lord that will turn their knowledge into wisdom and love. This is our goal in homeschooling: to create able ministers of the New Testament Gospel.
What if God does not call our children into ministry? At this stage of their lives their interests change every other day—that's to be expected. They may be called into music, military service, or farming for all I know. Whatever God has in store for them, I will want them to seek His ways and reverence Him first and foremost. Homeschooling provides my wife and I with the opportunity to disciple them for ministry; and should He call them, they will be well-prepared. If He calls them into another vocation, the foundations will still have been laid for enduring wisdom, knowledge, discernment, confidence, and satisfaction. Furthermore, if these things are present and abounding—nothing they do will be barren or unfruitful.
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." II Peter 1:2-8
Timothy Palla was called into ministry in 1991 and he and his lovely wife, Jennifer, were called to begin homeschooling in 1993. They have five children: Drew, Dane, Aidan, Ethan and Meghan. You may contact Timothy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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