It’s important to understand God’s purpose for bearing of children (Gen. 1:28). We must fill the earth with his image-bearers! This may be biological children, adopted children, or spiritual children. God calls all believers to make disciples (Matt. 28:18–20). Having children presents a wonderful opportunity to raise disciples of the Lord. Sadly, not every couple can have children and may struggle with infertility. Yet God still calls every couple and every Christian to make disciples. No situation, however, brings more glory than the other, for each avenue to make disciples glorifies God.
But what if you are able to have kids and want them–but your spouse doesn’t? Consider humbly asking your spouse to examine why he or she doesn’t desire children. Is it for selfish reasons? Is it health-related? Does it glorify God?
The resources below look at the value of having children (biological or not) in Scripture and encourages us to desire it for the sake of the kingdom of God. Once we desire children and making disciples, God takes care of the means.