Archive for August 7th, 2009

Deuteronomy 11

Deuteronomy 11 is a powerful chapter that gives us great insight into the responsibilities we have in leading our children and taking responsibility for the truth.  Scripture tells us “it is very clear that it isn’t your children who are front and center here”.  God is dealing with the grown ups and it is their responsibility to lead.  He reminds them of their heritage: “they weren’t in on what GOD did….didn’t see the acts….didn’t experience the discipline….didn’t marvel at his greatness….the way he displayed his power….the way he took care of the Egyptian army…. how GOD took care of you in the wilderness….what he did to Dathan and Abiram…. how the Earth opened its jaws and swallowed them with their families”.  The grown ups were the ones who have witnessed all that God has done.  “It was you–your eyes–that saw every great thing that GOD did”.  So with that knowledge comes a whole lot of responsibility.  We big people need to be very accountable to teach and pass on God’s truth and the stories of His faithfulness to our children.  We all have Red Sea moments in our lives, where God not only showed up but did miraculous things for us.  My list crosses business, marriage, personal health, relationships – God has been right there smack dab in the middle of fixing up my messes and leading me places I would never have gone on my own.  We have to realize “it’s you who are in charge of keeping the entire commandment….so that you’ll have the strength to invade and possess the land”.  Why?  “Your obedience will give you a long life”.  Enough said – obedience has rewards!

 Scripture goes on to tell us how we need to make sure our children – our legacy – will understand just how important God has been in our lives, and how critical He is for theirs as well.  Check this out: “Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to 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 until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities”.  We have a big responsibility as adults to teach our children well.  This is not something that just gets picked up by osmosis.  Yes – living it is the best way to pass it on.  But it is clear we need to be very intentional in how we train up our kids and how we share the truth of God’s touch on our lives with those in our patch.  It starts by making sure God is written all over us inside and out, but it continues by our making sure others can see that through our words and deeds.  We also need to be very intentional in how we share it with our families and those around us from first light til the lights go out.  We are charged to pass it on.  It is a serious responsibility that far too many of us are missing completely.  Do the people in your patch know that Jesus is the center of your world?  Have to taken intentional steps to identify with Christ?  If someone asked if you are a Christ Follower, would there be any hesitation in answering that immediately because of your witness?  Do those in your care know Him intimately and personally?  Is He the topic of your conversation from dawn til dusk?  I encourage you to memorize the words in this chapter that define our role in this world.  We aren’t here to take up space, but to live in obedience to the Creator and to pass on the legacy He has in our lives to those who follow.  Have you any time for Jesus?  I sure hope so – God expects it!

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