November 29 – From Parent to Child

Galatians 3:19-4:20; Lamentations 1-2; Psalm 145

It has been said that the Church is one generation away from extinction. If that’s true, then the key is that the message of the Gospel must be passed on from one generation to the next. David explained that idea in Psalm 145. “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:3-4) Every generation must come to their relationship with Jesus Christ on their own, as an act of free choice guided by the Holy Spirit. We live in a time where parents often fail to give their children any training in the ways of God because they want children to make up their own minds. In truth, this keeps children away from God, because the lack of training in righteousness is telling: it tells the children that a relationship with God isn’t important to their parents. The natural order of things is that one generation passes faith down to the next generation. As Christians, we do that by taking our children to church with us. We do that by praising God and recognizing His presence in all areas of our lives, and letting our children see us do that and participating with us. Our children may still decide not to follow God. That’s their choice. But at least they will have had a fair chance.

Dear Lord, remind me of my responsibility to show Your love and greatness to my children. Even though mine are grown, they still need to see how my relationship with You affects my life. I pray even now for the parents of young children: give them the grace and strength to love You and share that love with their children.

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I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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One Response to November 29 – From Parent to Child

  1. rockyfort says:

    If you have read this far, please read this awesome blog post about children in church. http://www.iamtotallythatmom.blogspot.com/2013/05/dear-parents-with-young-children-in.html

    So often we focus on the quiet reverence we should have in church. I think we miss it when we focus on that so much that we look down on parents with kids who are being trained the right way and they make noise. That will drive parents away from church.

    If you think about it, the Temple was probably a very noisy place – especially as sacrifices were being made. The early church didn’t have “children’s church” so kids probably came with parents. I think that if most of us had the chance to be transported back into time and visit an early church worship time, we would be amazed at the noise. Reverence for God (when defined as deathly silence) should never take the place of a relationship with God!

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