With all the instruction you may give to your children, you must all of you be deeply conscious that you are not capable of doing anything in the securing of the child’s salvation, but that it is God himself who, from the first to the last, must effect it all. You are simply a pen; God can write with you, but you cannot write anything of yourself. You are a sword; God can with you slay the child’s sin, but you cannot slay it of yourself. Be ye, therefore, always mindful of this, that you must be first taught of God yourself, and then you must ask God to use you to teach; for unless a higher Teacher than you work with you, and instruct the child, the child must perish. It is not your instruction that can save the souls of your children; it is the blessing of God the Holy Spirit accompanying your labours. May God bless and crown your efforts with abundant success! He will surely do so if you are instant in prayer, constant in supplications. Never yet did the earnest teacher or preacher ‘labour in vain in the Lord,’ and often has it been said that bread cast upon the waters has been found after many days.
A Spurgeon Quote