May 24, 2017

1 John 5:11 (NLT) — 11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Today is our son and your pastor’s 40th birthday. If you ask him where he would spend eternity if he should die today he would with great confidence say “heaven”. He has this confidence because Cleo and I raised him to know Jesus. We taught him the scriptures in our home. We took him to church where he was exposed to the teachings of the church. We modeled Jesus before him to the best of our ability. We made life decisions based on what the scriptures taught us and we encouraged our son to do the same.

Now of course there came a time when he needed to make the decision whether to live for Jesus or not. And certainly the Holy Spirit had to draw his heart to Jesus. But the point is he was told how he could know where he would spend eternity. We testified to him that eternal was in believing in Jesus Christ.

Our children are our first mission field. They are a captive audience. They need to hear about Jesus over and over. They need to see Jesus consistently modeled before their very eyes. they need to be directed to Jesus. The need to see through us that Jesus is alive and then they will never be able to say like Omar in yesterday’s story, “Why didn’t you tell us about Jesus.”

Cleo was talking to a young teenage girl the other day and the conversation went to Jesus. The girl told Cleo that her parents never influenced one way or another in regards to religion. They left it up to her to discover for herself what she would believe. How tragic. How irresponsible. How cruel. But I suppose her parents were raised the same way and their parents before them the same way. So now generations upon generations of people do not know Jesus.

Now do you see how important it is to influence our children towards Jesus? Eventually generation upon generations of people will know Jesus because we didn’t ‘drop the gospel ball’.

Psalm 78:5–7 (NLT) — 5 For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, 6 so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. 7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.

So don’t think that you don’t have any influence on what the culture of the United States will be like in 100yrs. Remember what God said to that one man of faith, Abraham:

Genesis 12:1–3 (NLT) — 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. 3 I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

The next generations can be blessed through you if you let them know that God testified that he has given us eternal life and that life is in his son.

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