Those Who Come After

Read: Deuteronomy 6:4-18          

Did you know that you can get free TV?  In a recent Wall Street Journal article, it was reported that 29% of Americans were not aware that you can get local channels on your TV with just a simple antenna.  No cable, no satellite dish, no monthly bill.  Most of those who did not know this were under 30 years old.  They grew up in the satellite era and have been accustomed to paying (or their parents paying) for programming.

Last week I wrote about those who have come before us.  The 500-year anniversary of The Reformation has made us think of people like Martin Luther and others who have truly changed history.  Of course, no one has changed history like God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  He came to live, sacrifice his life, and be resurrected to save all those who believe in Him from sin and death.  This is great news that must be shared!

In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 we are reminded of the importance of sharing this great news of Jesus and the things of God with the next generation.  This is how the Message Bible paraphrases those verses. 

“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.”

It’s too easy to go through life and forget to talk about the things that are really of utmost importance.  Another recent article stated that many children can identify Pokeman characters before they can identify basic animals.  It also said that 50% of High School students thought that Billy Graham preached the Sermon on the Mount.

We can’t be too hard on our children or High School students because it is up to us to teach these things to them.  As the verse says, “Get them inside of you and then get them inside of your children.” 
We must talk about them, teach them, and explain them to those who come after us.  We can’t assume that they will learn the important truths of life on their own.  Knowing about free TV is really not that big of a deal, but knowing about the life changing salvation and grace of Jesus definitely is.

Make it Personal:  If you are a parent or grandparent I hope you will personally make it a point to share your faith, your experiences, and your hopes with the younger generation.  The church can teach and reinforce those things, but it must begin in our homes.  “Train up your child in the way they should go…”

   Proverbs 22:6

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church