Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
We Believe in the Triune God
“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”(V. 7).
In the movie Courageous, the main character Adam Mitchell said, “I now believe that God desires for every father to courageously step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. But more than just being there providing for them, he is to walk with them through their young lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their father in heaven. A father should love his children, and seek to win their hearts. He should protect them, discipline them, and teach them about God.”
In the Jewish faith, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is known as the Shema or the affirmation of faith. During their daily prayers, and in their Sabbath worship, this is often recited. What we read in verses four and five is a command for the people of Israel to know that God is one, and how much they are to love Him. As Christian believers, God expects the same out of us: to know that He is the One and only God, and how we are to love and worship Him. God has created us to be creatures of worship, and He expects us to have Him as the central focus of our lives. In verse five, it does not say, “Love God first in your heart, first in your soul, and first in your strength,” but rather, to love Him with our whole heart, soul, and strength. He should be the object of our full affection. In doing so, we are capable to love our spouses, children, and those around us.
Upon acknowledging God as the sole focus of our lives, then there is an uncompromising ordinance that Moses says to the people in verse seven, which applies to us as well. He says, “Impress them on your children.” If we have submitted our lives to Christ, then we would have an inherent desire for our children to do the same as well. In our Baptism liturgy, the priest gives an exhortation to the parents and godparent in which one part it says, “It is your responsibility to train the child in such a way that he/she will make his/her own declaration of faith in public, ‘I renounce Satan, and I believe in Jesus Christ,’ as he/she reaches the age of understanding.” Children are in a world where they are being bombarded with several voices that are telling them lies and exposing them to lifestyles that forsake God. It is in such a world that God has appointed parents to be the voice of truth to raise up the children in such a way that they too will know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.
Prayer: Father, we praise You that You are the best Father for us to imitate on raising our children. Empower us to know You as God and Father of our lives, so we may be the visual representation of God to our children. Amen.
Thought for the Day: Knowing God is like putting on the oxygen mask on an airplane. First, you must put it on yourself before you can help those around you.
Mat Stan Samuel , St.Paul's MTC, Dallas.