Rising to the Challenge: Step Up

But then GOD raised up judges who saved them from their plunderers. But they wouldn’t listen to their judges; they prostituted themselves to other gods—worshiped them! They lost no time leaving the road walked by their parents, the road of obedience to GOD’s commands. They refused to have anything to do with it.       Judges? ?2:16-17?

One of our biggest struggles is passing on our faith to the next generation. The Hebrew people had left the oppression of slavery in Egypt and had conquered the promised land. Now they were entering into a new chapter in their faith journey. The battle before the Israelites was now spiritual. They needed to obey God’s Word and follow God’s law. When Joshua and his generation passed away, the spiritual devotion to God also started passing away. As they moved further from God their lives became more difficult.
As parents, grandparents and friends we need to rise to the challenge of living out our faith and then sharing it with others. Why is it we want our kids in the best schools, the best sports programs, best music programs, but then do so little to raise them up in their faith?  How do we demonstrate with the next generation the importance of engaging in a daily devotion life, worship and the study of God’s Word in small groups? Allow your faith to become contagious to others. Step up your faith walk and you will see others grow as well.

In Christ’s Love and Service,

Pastors Paul and Deb Marzahn