Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Living By Example

Deuteronomy 6:6-7

These commandments that I give you today
are to be on your hearts.

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.

Christian life does not just depend on teachings, circumstances or comfort.

In many countries, there are severe restrictions and obstacles facing parents in instructing their children in the ways of the Lord.

Yet, it seems that Christian families in restricted areas are more godly and committed to the Lord than their counterparts in the west, where opportunities abound and Christians live in abundance.

The lessons we learn from persecuted churches are of far more value than seminars or devotionals can ever be—the lessons of true discipleship and wholesome living. Lessons that are neither theology nor speculation but teachings of life, reality and practice.

Let us take seriously the challenge of teaching, training and disciplining our children or young people with whom we have close relationship.

Oh God, help me to live a life of self-sacrifice
so young people will see You and want to follow You.

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