|Posted on July 30, 2012 at 8:25 PM|
Recently, the two of us sat down as a family and watched Kirk Cameron’s new movie, Monumental. For those that don’t know, this movie explores the very foundation of the United States in great detail. While we didn’t know it at the time, we were in for a trip through history. We were stunned as we watched Kirk explore different things - the ordeal and travel of the pilgrims, to the true and Godly intent of the founding fathers, ending with the real roots of this nation’s education system. (Who knew that Harvard University was actually founded on principles of Christianity? I sure didn’t!)
What stood out to us the most was the absolute importance of equipping each other for the coming days. If we are not ready to stand up for Christ, for our faith, and for the truth of the Word of God, we are in trouble. The pilgrims and the founding fathers had one thing in common with each other that seems to be disappearing today. This common thread helped them face intense hardship, difficulties that many of us can’t imagine. These brave people had an unshakeable faith in God and a solid foundation in His Word. And remarkably, these people passed this strength down for many generations without fail.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says,
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
As we read these words together, it was clear to us that so many times we miss the mark in teaching and in learning God’s Word. What God gave us in His Word is supposed to be in our hearts the way breath is supposed to be in our lungs. What we have stored in our hearts is supposed to be taught without fail to our children, and to their children, and so on. God wants us to talk about His Word, to think about it, and to know it so well that we can apply it to our lives every moment. And even though God wants us to have His Word stored in our hearts, when we look around today we can see how God’s Word is instead slipping out of our hands.
How can we know if we’ve really been taking in God’s Word? Well, on one hand there is an old expression that states “you are what you eat.” If this is true, the more you read and study and learn (feeding our hunger for the Bible), the more you will begin to reflect Christ and what you’re learning. Another way that you can see for yourself what you’ve been learning is by searching inside your heart. Proverbs 20:27 says:
“The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
It is true that when we pass on from this world, God will search our minds and hearts to see what is in them. Many passages tell us that He will be searching for what we did (or didn’t) do. We need to be 100% sure that we DO humble ourselves before God in confession and with a repentant heart, and we must be sure that we DO accept Christ into our hearts as our Savior, knowing full well that He was the only possible sacrifice that could have been made for our sins. Once we know that we did these things, we must be sure that we DO all we can to get God’s Word inside us! That’s where the passage in Proverbs comes in – we can look inside ourselves and check our thoughts, actions and motivations to make sure that we find God and His Truth moving through us.
If we have secured our foundations in God, we must make sure that our children receive this same foundation too. How can we do that? There are so many things that we can do as families that will only strengthen our homes and communities, shaping our world in ways that are pleasing to the Lord. Exposing our children to as much Biblical teaching as possible is so important. Sunday services, youth group services, prayer, home study and personal devotionals – all of these are things we can do to help form our future generations. Sitting down and talking with each other, asking questions and digging into Biblical concepts not only helps us see new ideas but also makes us stronger in the process.
The increasing burden on our hearts is to help however we can, doing what is needed to equip people with the tools to stand firm in today’s world. Our children, our church, and our country are too important to ignore!