Making Faith Part of Everyday Life, Part 2
Everybody loves a hero, don't they? Heroes are sure-footed in scary, slippery territory. They rescue the downtrodden and stand strong for principles they believe in. And Bible heroes are some of the best! Daniel, Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah. But great heroes aren't born, they're made.
As much as we'd like for our children to "do as we say and not as we do," it just doesn't work that way. We agree that strong spiritual training and going to church are good things to do. But we're tired, stressed out, worn down, and wrung through. So we sleep in or catch up on work. We make excuses for not getting together to fellowship with God's people, the Church.
And yes, our kids notice. A critical piece of the Deuteronomy 6 puzzle involves modeling the behaviors we want our children to imitate. They need to see us in God's Word, in His house and about His business.
Many of our favorite Bible heroes had mothers and fathers who apparently followed the principles from Deuteronomy 6:
- Samuel's precious mother begged God for a child, crying out in her distress until the temple priest thought she was drunk! When God honored her prayer, she dedicated her son to the Lord's service.
- In the midst of a conquering enemy's decree to kill all Jewish baby boys, Moses' mother, Jochabed, coated a tiny basket with pitch and set her son afloat in the Nile River. God rewarded her by letting an Egyptian princess pay her for nursing her own son! Later, of course, Moses led God's people out of bondage.
- Mary and Joseph took 12-year-old Jesus to Jerusalem for the Passover, and even though Jesus ended up being the one teaching in the synagogue, this honoring of God's ordained feasts was clearly habitual for their family.