Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How Do We Pass on a Heritage of Faith? Talk about It!

We know our job is not "finished" just because our children are grown. This is what  Deuteronomy 6 is talking about when it says we are to, "talk about God and His Word in our day-in-day-out lives". We need to remember we are part of God's plan to pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren. 

Deuteronomy is not talking about just the occasional word to our grandchildren about going to church or praying, but a living of our lives in a way which reflects how important God's Word is because we live it every day. Deuteronomy 6 says to - 
  • Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
This is not talking about a casual, once-in-awhile, once a week focus on God and His Word. No. This is about a day-in-day-out life. God and His Word applies to and impacts every aspect of our lives, so if we are serious about passing on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren, we need to live like this is true; because it is!

This is all about connecting God and His Word with our everyday lives and we can do this in the following ways . . . 
  • Do what God's Word says - talk about it.
  • Tell our grandchildren how God has worked in our lives in the past and how He continues to do so today.
  • Tell our grandchildren what we are learning from God's Word.
  • Ask our grandchildren what they are learning from God's Word.
  • Look for ways to connect what we are doing with God and His Word - for example; when you are enjoying the outside, talk about God's creation. When you are enjoying a piece of fruit, talk about God's creation again and thank God for His blessings. 
  • Pay attention to what is happening in our grandchildren's lives - pray with them about school, friends and anything bothering them.
These are just a few ideas of how we can talk about God and His Word with our grandchildren, because when we do this, we are passing on a heritage of faith!

What do you do talk about God and His Word with your grandchildren?

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