August 24

Deuteronomy 4:7-9

“But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children—” vs. 9

It’s not unusual for the faith convictions of our early years to be eroded away by the passage of time. Some of us grew up in homes with parents who were committed followers of Jesus, believers who made sure that we worshipped and learned the basic teachings of scripture. At a particular age we may have made our own declarations of faith and vowed to follow Jesus all the days of our lives. But then life happens–and it’s easy to forget the environment in which we were raised. Confirmation vows slip from our minds, social media dominates our days, and we become much more enamored of sports and music idols than the person of Jesus. Occasionally we’ll stumble across the bible we got from our parents, but it sparks nothing more than a wave of nostalgia–like finding our old report cards stored away in an attic. Religion becomes a cultural thing and soon Christmas is our only connection to our past faith. Absent any significant nurturing, our own children seldom worship and grandchildren know nothing of the truths that fed our spirits in those younger years. It takes only three generations for faith to disappear from our families and it happens again and again. No wonder the Israelites were told to take care–our connections to God are delicate and need constant attention.

Thought for the Day: Will my grandchildren be followers of Jesus?

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