The Most Valuable Work

"I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has promised him."
GENESIS 18:19
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The Most Valuable Work
But this at least all married people should know. They can do no better work and do nothing more valuable either for God, for Christendom, for all the world, for themselves, and for their children than to bring up their children well. . .. If we want to help Christendom, we most certainly have to start with the children, as happened in earlier times. . .. False natural love blinds parents so that they have more regard for the bodies of their children than they have for their souls. . .. Therefore, it is of the greatest importance for every married man to pay closer, more thorough, and continuous attention to the health of his child's soul than to the body which he has begotten, and to regard his child as nothing else but an eternal treasure God has commanded him to protect, and so prevent the world, the flesh, and the devil from stealing the child away and bringing him to destruction. For at his death and on the Day of Judgment he will be asked about his child and will have to give a most solemn account.

From Sermon on the Estate of Marriage (Luther's Works 44:12-13)
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