Day 361

Today’s Reading – 1 John and 2 John

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It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us  2 John 1:4 NIV

John’s second letter opens with a report that as parents we would all hope to receive.

Undoubtedly we can all recall other reports that made their way to us as parents or we can recall reports that made it to our parents for which we are lucky to still be alive today!

The reality of it is that in our desire to raise children that “walk in the truth” we often turn to the church, Sunday school, or youth group in the hopes that they will provide the desired results.  g children.

In the movie Parenthood, Keanu Reeves says “You need a license to fish and a license to drive, but any jerk can become a parent.”

It’s a funny line, partially because the idea of an actual parenting license seems so absurd. Obviously there is no way to prevent people from becoming parents just because they weren’t issued a license.

But if there were such a parenting license, what would the questionnaire look like? What are the most important things that every parent needs to know before taking that baby home from the hospital?

Does the Bible have anything to say?  And if it did, could we reduce to a few words to put on our refrigerator to remind us daily?  I believe John revealed some of those things in his second letter.

1) You Must Pass Along Your Faith  v4 “your children walking in the truth”

Parents don’t be dependent on someone else to actually talk to your children about faith.  Don’t wait for someone else to introduce them to Jesus.

2) You Must Pass Along A Love For Others V 5-6 “Continue to love one another”

Just teaching them to have faith is not the end of your obligation.  The Bible teaches us that how we live our faith matters!  Children observe daily whether you express love for other people, particularly people who are hard to love.

3) You Must Pass Along Godly Values  v 8-9 “Watch out do not be deceived . . . continue in the teaching . . . .”

Deception comes to our children most easily in the areas where we have failed to teach them.  We need always to be teaching our children Godly values.  They are always watching …

Last weekend we out running errands as a family and Sherry said something she says every time we get in the car, “Riley, do you have your seatbelt fastened?”  The lessons and values we teach everyday were driven home when for the first time Riley responded not by saying, “Yes, Mom!” but instead replied, “No because Daddy doesn’t have his on.”  Needless to say I quickly fastened my seatbelt.

If you will but Live your faith … you will have taught your children well.

 

 

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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