Tell the Next Generation
Psalm 78:3-4 says, "What we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us, we will not hide them from our children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done." As believers we have an opportunity and responsibility to pass on faith to others. This is especially true for parents. Almost any study will show that there is no greater influence on children than their parents. Some people get a little confused about the functions and purposes of the body of Christ, the Church in that they believe it is the church's job to provide the primary discipleship for children. Yes, raising kids is a group effort...it takes many people, and yet the primary discipleship for children should come from their parents. So, for those who have children, regardless of what their ages are now, we have the opportunity to pass on faith to them. How we react in a crisis teaches our kids what we believe about faith. How honest and ethical we are influences our kids. Having spiritual conversations has a big impact. Talking about Sunday's sermon around the dinner table is powerful. Letting your kids know what you're doing during your daily devotions can be very helpful. May the Lord empower us all to be devoted disciples of Christ who intentionally pass on faith to the next generation.