After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Judges 2:1
It is alarming to think that there may come a day when a generation of people will not know Jesus Christ or even have heard His name. Our nation has strayed far from God. We may blame this on many things, but we as Christians have failed to teach the younger generation to love God. We have failed to teach God’s Word. Christian families must rise up and teach their children to love and follow Almighty God. Churches have the responsibility to teach God’s Holy Word instead of offering entertainment.
Someone will teach the younger generation. If we do not take upon ourselves our God given responsibility of teaching our children in the ways of the LORD, the world will. The world will teach them that forms of ungodliness are acceptable. The world will teach them that the ways of God are too strict and unacceptable today. The world will teach them, as they walk straight into the fiery pit of hell.
As Christians living in an ungodly world, we must teach the younger generation to love God and to live each day by the guidelines and principles found in His Holy Word. We have to teach His Word, not our opinions or what we believe or feel. God’s Word is filled with eternal truths that our children and grandchildren need to hear from someone who loves them dearly. How often do you read and share God’s Word with those you love, with those in your sphere of influence? If you want your children to follow God, you must make God a part of your everyday life. You must teach your children diligently to see God in all aspects of life, not just those that are church related. Deuteronomy 6:5-7 – Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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.
Believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior and LORD is the only way to Heaven. He alone died for our sins and will make us right before God. Living this way may not be popular, but it is true and right. The world will teach our children that there are many ways to Heaven, just choose one. Rise up parents, rise up churches. Let’s get back to teaching God’s Holy Word and the truth found in Scripture. John 14:6 – Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Let’s choose today to teach and share God’s Word. Let’s teach this generation the importance of prayer. Let’s raise up a generation to be spiritual warriors for Almighty God.
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for neglecting to teach the younger generation about You. Help us teach Your Holy Word. Empower us to teach our children and grandchildren to love You LORD and to follow Your ways.