1/25/2005 4:25 AM
Title: TELL YOUR SONS (AND DAUGHTERS)
S: “And you shall tell your son in that day, saying, ‘This is done because
of what the LORD did for me when I came up from Egypt.’.for with a strong
hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt.So it shall be when your son asks
you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ that you shall say to him, ‘By
strength of hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of
bondage.” Exodus: 13:8, 9, 14
O: God through Moses is telling the people that they need to pass on what
they are now learning. They need to make sure that what is happening in
their lives by the hand of God, is passed on to their children. In other
words, it’s great for you to learn, but if you aren’t passing it on, how are
your kids going to learn – unless they simply go through everything again
and again, repeating the same ugly things you have done.
A: Am I telling Seth, Krista, Kylie, Summer, and Kinsee my story of how I
came out of bondage? I wasn’t in bondage to Egypt, but bondage to sin. I
need to make sure that I am telling them, sharing with them, not about the
evils of sin, but about the deliverance of God. I need to show them that
deliverance means NEVER having to go back to sin. I need to tell them the
story of where my life was headed and how God has saved me and redeemed me.
This doesn’t have to be a huge deal always. It can be over little things
that God has lead me out of. For instance, why did God lead me away from
chocolate? Why did he lead me away from lust? Why did he lead me away from
anger? Why did he lead me away from struggles with all kinds of things?
Big, Medium, or Small, I need to pass on the things that God has done for
me, redeeming me from bondage to the prince of this world, Satan.
Am I doing that? I think I’m doing it some, but I think I can see that
perhaps a more concerted effort might be necessary. Values are caught more
than they are taught, but watching AND hearing from me, may be both
necessary to get the words to my kids.
My dad used to ALWAYS say things: “You ain’t eat’n if you don’t set ain’t”
or something stupid like that. There were other phrases that he always used
to say, of course now that I’m trying to write them down, I can’t remember
them. But what if I want to leave a legacy of words to my kids? Wouldn’t
it be cool if my kids would remember words like: “God will lead you out of
bondage of sin.” Or “Let me share another story of how God redeemed me!”
Wouldn’t it be cool if the legacy I left with my kids was a passing on of
the faith, a growing faith journey and a growing time with the LORD?
P: Lord, I put my kids in your hands. I want to tell them all the things
you’ve done for me. I want to tell them how you have redeemed me, saved me,
become my Lord and Savior. I pray you will help me in this mighty task. I
pray you will fill me with the Holy Spirit. I pray you will make me a man
like you. I love you, Lord. I want to serve you, honor you, be filled by
you, and walk with you.
I commit myself to you, my day to you, and my family to you. I love you,