In Psalm 78:1-7 we read, “Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. (2) I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: (3) Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. (4) We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (5) For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: (6) That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: (7) That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:”
Children are perceptive. This is why our faith, lived out in actions and words is powerful. As we learn to remain anchored in Christ, we influence those around us and especially those who look up to us. One of the best ways to inspire a steady and unshakable faith is to read the Bible, and specifically, the stories of people who faced challenges. As we see God's provision in the lives of others, our faith grows.
When reading the Christmas story in Luke 2, we usually stop halfway through the story, with Jesus still in the manger. But the last half of the chapter talks about what happened when Jesus was eight days old – verse 21); forty days old – verses 22-38); during His childhood – verses 39-40); when He was twelve years old – verses 41-50); and Luke 2:41-52 as a teenager and young adult – verses 51-52.
From Luke 2:52 we read, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man…” Here are the goals for our children—that they would mature as He did: mentally (in wisdom), physically (in stature), spiritually (in favor with God), and socially (with men).
When I was a young person, an unknown author wrote these words concerning his “Teenage Drug Problem.”
I was "drug" to church on Sunday morning.
I was "drug" to church on Sunday night.
I was "drug" to church on Wednesday night.
I was "drug" to Sunday school every week.
I was "drug" to Vacation Bible School.
I was "drug" to the family altar to read the Bible and pray.
I was also "drug" to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents.
Those "drugs" are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack or heroin. If our children had this kind of "drug" problem, America would certainly be a better place.
Our children need to see us maintaining our own personal relationship with Christ. They can spot hypocrisy faster than anyone. But if we truly love the Lord and His Word, they will notice. Our greatest legacy is the living faith that makes others want a Bible like ours, because a Bible that's falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.
In His Amazing Grace,
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