I just recently completed yet another college class on my journey to get my degree. It was a history class. The class itself was pretty interesting and reminded me of how far the "good news" had to travel, it had to journey on its way to me. History is a great reminder of how not to make mistakes but more importantly we must be willing to teach this history to the next generation.
A dear friend who blogs over at InspirRed reminded me today that we are always in motion creating our legacies. A recent sermon reminded me that that choices I'm making today turn into my tomorrow. What does tomorrow look like for my children? Are we preparing them for what is to come? Psalms 78 reminds us of how important it is to teach our children God's history. Just as we need to know our world's history, our countries history, we more importantly need to know our spiritual history. "Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will teach you hidden lessons from our past stories we have heard and know, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord. We will tell of his power and the mighty miracles he did." (NLT)
We are a nation founded on God. Our founding fathers have been quoted numerous times lamenting how important it will be for the coming generations to remember God; it is the key. God sits at the spearhead of history and our schools unfortunately won't teach this. Christ followers, it is our duty to teach this to our children, least they forget.
Tonight, I went out walking and listened to a podcast from the late Adrian Rodgers. It was amazing and convicting. He challenged me to create our families spiritual history. Each of us take time to write down all that God has done since we accepted him as our Saviour. Wow! Why haven't I thought of this? As Christian parents, called to be set apart, we must teach our children about God's history and share with them our spiritual history. How will they know? How will they share with their children?
The world wants to take the spaces of our children's hearts and fill them with lies. I want to make sure the Jesus fills up those spaces and crowds out the world. I want to stand and teach the next generation about God's unending faithfulness and grace.
"So each generation can set its hope anew on God., remembering his glorous miracles and obeying his commands" (Psalm 78:7).
Adrian described a story in which the French people were captured by the Germans during WWII to work in factories making bombs that would be meant for the French people. The bombs began to drop and the pilots notice that the bombs didn't explode. Maybe at first a dud, but after many were dropped not one exploded. After dissecting one of the bombs back at the factory, they discovered that the French workers had rigged them not to explode and a note was inside. It said, "We are doing the best we can, where we are, with what we have, with every chance we get."
Christ followers, it is time to take up the sword, get ready for the battle and teach the next generation that God is still on his throne and doing miracles today!
All I know is that while I still have breath, I will do the best I can, where I am, with what I have, with every chance I get to point people toward a relationship with Jesus Christ. What is your spiritual history? Don't wait to share this with your children. We have to rise up, be set apart and teach our children about God's history.