5/24/17: Passing the Baton

I spoke at a women’s conference this past weekend and the theme of the day was “Passing the Baton to the Next Generation.” A theme like this inevitably makes me introspective. I thought about how one of my main parenting goals was for my children to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I didn’t want them just to go to church because I went to church and made them go. I wanted them to really know God and really love God for themselves. It was important to me that they knew for sure that God created the world and He created them and He had a plan for their lives. I longed for them to appreciate all Jesus had done by dying on the cross for the remission of their sins. They needed to understand that prayer was effective, praise was wonderful, and giving was necessary. I wanted them to grasp the fact that God loved them and serving Him with their whole heart was a joy and the least they could do.

I believe most Christian parents would have these same kinds of spiritual goals for their children. We all want to pass on the baton of our faith. When they are small, kids have to do what we say, they look cute in their “Sunday” clothes, and will dutifully say their prayers. They participate whole-heartedly in Sunday School, youth group, camps, conferences, shut-ins, and choir. The church is a friendly, comfortable, welcoming place for them and the friends they’ve had since birth.

But then they grow up, and lots of times, grown children disappoint us in the choices they make – especially when it comes to spiritual things. They may stop going to church and get in with a crowd of friends who don’t honor God. Their lifestyle choices are such that we can clearly see them heading for a fall. But they’re grown; the best we can do (and it is the best we can do) is pray for them. We cling on for dear life to Proverb 22:6 which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” (NKJ) even though we’re aware that these Proverbs are wise sayings, not guarantees.

However, I ran across a great couple of verses this morning in Psalm 22:30-31 that gave me comfort and hope for the next generation. The New Living Translation (NLT) says, “Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord. His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born. They will hear about everything he has done.”  The Message (MSG) paraphrase says it this way, “Our children and their children will get in on this as the word is passed along from parent to child. Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news—that God does what he says.”

As parents, let’s not despair of our adult children. As we keep passing the Word along to them—both by what we say and how they see us live—they’ll catch it. Future generations (including our adorable grandbabies) will hear of the wonders of the Lord from our children. Hallelujah!

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One Response to “5/24/17: Passing the Baton”

  1. Hallelujah!!! Each one, teach one.

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