Pass It On
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as a symbol on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Norma Goldman reminds us of the urgency for our generation to share our faith with the next. The Bible uses powerful images of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, children and grandchildren who pass down their beliefs and life experiences to the next generation. In life, we teach in bits and pieces, providing instruction and information needed for the job at hand. Both at home and church, we teach behaviors and emphasize character traits to fit specific situations. However, we must also be intentional in teaching our children and grandchildren the over-arching story of God’s redemptive plan for the world and our role in it. This big picture will help them understand God’s purpose for them as individuals and their role in His plan to bring a lost world to Christ.
God laid out a beautiful plan for grandparents and parents to use in passing faith to succeeding generations in Deuteronomy 6:5-9. His teachings, principles, and commandments should be vital topics of everyday activity and conversation, at home or away, from morning until night. It begins with the most critical essential truth: love Him with all we have and all we are. And above all, we must share the good news of His love and concern for the poor, the brokenhearted, the captives, and those who have never heard.
Do your children and grandchildren, neighbors and friends know this story? What could happen if our generation fails to pass it to the next? The next time your family gathers to celebrate a holiday or other important occasion, use the event as an opportunity to create a powerful experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Perhaps this new year will be the opportunity to begin new traditions that will teach others about the Lord.
Posted on Thu, January 5, 2012
by Dave Jones