Friday, April 19, 2019

So Future Generations Will Hear

If you are a grandparent who has teamed up with your grown children and the other grandparents to hand down the faith, stop whatever you are doing and thank God for this incredible blessing He has given you; the blessing of being part of a team of the people who love your grandchildren the most and who are working together to hand down the faith. As you and this team are intentional about handing down the faith, you are likely able to experience the joy of watching as your grandchildren learn to respond to God's Word, put their faith in Him and grow in their walk. An incredible blessing for sure.

If you are not part of a team, because the other grandparents and/or the parents are not handing down the faith and you are doing this on your own, take heart. God has promised His Word will not return void - it will accomplish what He has planned. Do not give up on handing down the faith - even if you are doing this on your own. What you do matters and does make a difference. Be faithful and intentional when it comes to handing down the faith and you, too will likely be able to experience the joy of watching as your dear grandchildren learn to respond to God's Word, put their faith in Him and grow in their walk. Absolutely an incredible blessing; one for which you are also able to stop right now and give thanks to God.

My husband and I are the only ones handing faith to our grandsons at this time. We know what it is like to feel alone in this most important responsibility. But, we also know the joy of our grandsons making the choice to put their faith in Jesus and the joy which comes as they grow in their walk with Him. Last Summer we invested in "Teen" Bibles for our grandsons. They are currently ten, seven and five, but since our oldest grandson was moving to the Middle School Ministry in our church, we thought it was time for him to move "up" from a Children's Bible. Since we got him a Bible, we got them for our other grandsons and tucked them away to save for when they enter Middle School Ministries.

This past Wednesday evening when my grandsons were at our house, my seven year old grandson asked where his Bible was. I got it for him and he sat right down and began reading Genesis 1. He wanted to take it home with him, so he could continue to read it. I have had such joy every time I think about this; he wants to read his Bible! Even though it had been my plan to give it to him when he turned ten, if he wants to read it, I'm delighted for him to have it now.

This was a gift to me from God. A small way He encouraged me by letting me see the time my husband and I invest in handing faith to our grandsons is, "paying off". His Word is taking root. The boys are hearing about, "the wonders of the Lord", and they are choosing to follow Him.

So, whether you are part of a team or not, take heart. Continue to hand down the faith, so future generations hear; it is the most important thing you will ever do with the time you have.

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