Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
The Authority of the Word of God
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (14-15)
There was once a visitor from the city staying overnight at his friend’s farm. At the dinner table, his friend’s wife cut the four corners of cooked ham in a certain fashion. He enquired why she did that and her reply was that her mother taught her to do it this way. So he asked her mother who was also present at the dinner table why she taught her daughter to cut the ham in this fashion. She replied that her mother had taught her to do it in this way. Curious, the friend after dinner went to speak to the grandmother to seek out why she taught her daughter to cut the ham in the four corners. This time the grandmother had the real answer to his query. In her day and age, they only had one serving size plate and due to the ham being too large for the plate she served when guests came over she would cut the four corners to fit the ham on the plate.
Thus, this practice was shared from one generation to the next. Likewise, being a sales professional for the last 10 years, the one constant that I find I go through on a regular basis during the course of the calendar year is at minimum 2 sales trainings in year. Whether it be Spin Selling, Question-Based Selling, Miller Heiman, and various theories of conceptual or strategic selling there is no dearth of styles that can be learned. But in essence, at some point all of them are teaching the same thing from one era to the next. However, it is required for a sales professional to continue to be reminded of the basics of selling to be successful.
In this passage, we are taught that Timothy was one of the first second-generation Christians of his time. He was not a convert but was taught by his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, the Holy Scriptures (1 Tim 1:5) from his childhood. Like Timothy, for us to pass on what we have been convinced of by our Faith Beliefs to our children from generation to generation – we need to read the Bible and apply it to our lives. It is our source of knowledge and enables us to safeguard against false teaching, which is readily available at our fingertips due to technology. We need to study the word to be able to teach our Children how to do Christ’s work in our world.
Prayer: Thank you Father that I am raised in a Church that has strong traditional roots based on the teaching of Your Holy Word. Thank you for my parents who taught me to live and abide Your Words. Help me to teach others about your word through my actions. Amen
Thought for the day: One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade
Jason John, St Mathews MTC, Toronto
Theme of the Week: The authority of the Word of God