“Teach Them”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Teach Them!”
Read: Deuteronomy 11:18-21

With all of the children here at Bible School this week I have been especially reminded of this passage from Deuteronomy 11.  It is so important that we teach, explain, and give example of a God centered life to the next generation and these verses testify to that.

Many parents and grandparents want their children and grandchildren to know and learn the difference between right and wrong.  We teach them how to talk, how to act, how to respond to hardships, and how to get along with other people.  But do we tell them why?

Is it just because it is the good thing to do as a neighbor, or is it because God has instructed us to live that way?  There is a difference.  We can do those things to glorify ourselves and our own names or we can do them to glorify God and Jesus’ example of how to live on this earth.

Paul Gilbert once said, “You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day, by the deeds that you do, by the words that you say;  People read what you write, whether faithless or true.  Say, what is the gospel, according to you?”
And our children are reading and observing as well.

In verse 19 it says that we should teach these “things of God” to our children, that we should write them on the doorposts of our homes.  If someone walks into your house what do the doorposts proclaim?  Better yet, what do the things hidden in your drawers and closets proclaim?  Our children are much more observant than we often give them credit for.

Our hope here at VBS this week is that children are learning about Jesus Christ and how to fix His words on thier hearts and minds.  Hopefully they are learning that at home, but if not maybe they can take that message home with them and share it with their parents and grandparents.

Think about this the next time you engage a conversation with a youngster in your life.  Tell them why you do the things you do and how God helps you to form the decisions and the attitudes of your life.  Remember, in 30-40 years these children will be in the place we are today.

Make it personal:  Imagine yourself as a visitor in your home.  What do you see when you walk in.  What would someone see if they opened up closets and drawers.  Are there any changes that need to happen to communicate to your children or to visitors that God is honored and followed in your life?

Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life

Arthur Mennonite Church