Do you know what kids are? They are baby goats. Here are some characteristics of goats. They are mischievous, prancing around, not a care in the world beyond fulfilling their own desires. They react spontaneously with no thought to the future. They live outside, eating anything they find and climbing on anything above ground level. And have you ever smelled a kid? Yuck.
What are children? They are a blessing. Psalm 127:3-5 –
Lo, Children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
I don’t think anyone would call “kids” a blessing – especially if they live in your house. Maybe this is why so many couples, even Christians, are severely limiting their family size – they are afraid that they may give birth to a kid. Although they are cute, they are destructive, full of potential to ruin everything! A nuisance, a hassle. I certainly don’t want any kids living in my home. Livestock belongs outside in the pasture.
But children? Now children have the potential to exhibit some of the characteristics of God – they can grow in patience, goodness, love, joy, peace and so on. They can become orderly, and kind, developing their self-control. They can bring joy to your life and to all those they encounter. They have the potential to spread the gospel and minister to the hurting on this earth.
To take this a step further? Look at Matthew 25:
31-33: When the Son of man shall come in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit up on the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left.
41-43: Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was a hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
So if you want your children to act like goats and grow up to be goats, then go ahead and call them “kids”.
But I personally have no kids. I have 6 children who live in our home, and they bring us joy everyday.
So, I’ll ask again, do you have kids or do you have children?