One of the ways that I have coped with not having children is by getting involved in the community, helping to mould the lives of young people—whether it be helping out with Cub Scout camps and meetings, Sunday School or whatever the occasion.
After all, when the disciples wanted the kids to be out of the way, Jesus welcomed them. He had a soft spot for the little ones. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:14; Lk. 18:16).
Another interesting aspect of Jesus’ teaching is when He talks about the rewards of following Him. Repeatedly throughout the Gospels, Jesus extolls the virtues of suffering for His sake and Kingdom. In Matthew 19:29, Mark 10:29–30 and Luke 18:29–30, Jesus talks about how blessed we will be if we leave or forsake family members. This is the commitment level that Christ expects of us. We will receive a hundredfold blessing and eternal life in the age to come if we put Jesus first in our lives! Like single people, those who do not have earthly children have more time to invest in Kingdom pursuits that reap a harvest in the age to come.
In the age to come, it will not matter whether or not you have been married or have children. The only important thing will be if you were a disciple of other people, followed the Lord and were faithful with the gifts you were given.