Monday, April 4, 2011

Isaiah and Hannah, Daddy Was Resurrected

Do your children know your story? 

If I interviewed your children about your relationship with Jesus what would they say?  What would they know? 

Look at what happens if your children don’t know your story:
When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the LORD had done for Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of 110 years. And they buried him within the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel.   (Judges 2:6-15, emphasis mine)
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ and you have children then you have a Christian family that is charged with the task of raising up another generation to see Jesus Christ as their only boast. 

Wouldn’t you think that God parting a sea would be a story you’d want to tell?  Seriously.  Hollywood decided it was good enough to tell and they told it ala Prince of Egypt.  It is an awesome story.  Wouldn’t you think this would be one of those stories you would want to tell your children and their children?  Nope, not Israel.  They are living in the comfort of the promised land. 

But, Christian mom and Christian dad, you don’t understand…what God has done in your heart is a gazillion times cooler than the parting of the Red Sea.  He brought a dead God-hating heart out of darkness and slavery and breathed new life into it.  Yes, you were raised from the dead.  That’s a pretty cool story, don’t you think? 

And if you don’t share that story then your kids and your grandkids will forget that there is a God that raises the dead.  They won’t know that there is a God that is powerful enough to change the leopard’s spots, to melt the heart of stone, to rescue, to heal, and who is mighty to save.  

So, don’t be like the Israelites in the Promised Land…Enjoy His grace and extend His glory; especially to your own children. 

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