“…you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Every day, a teenager drinks something alcoholic or does some sort of drug. Young boys and girls, some not even teenagers, are taking part in sexual activity, losing their virginity at a very young age.
Husbands are cheating on wives and vice versa. Money is being taken, people are being cheated and lied to.
Families are falling apart.
And these are just the families that call themselves “Christian”.
Why is this happening?
Let me ask you an important question: is your family in the Bible?
I don’t mean in the sense that you can find your children’s names in the names of saints, prophets and angels. I mean, are you reading the Bible with your family every day? Are you talking about the Bible and what it teaches every time you are together? Are you studying the Bible with your wife (or husband) and kids?
Is your family in the Bible?
Let me tell you, it is essential for this to be so. As a matter of fact, it is commanded by God that the entire family studies His words and commands (Deut. 6:7).
When it comes to studying God’s word, it is essential that we do it as a family.
Faith is not an independent lifestyle. It is meant to be lived out in community, and even more so in the community of family.
When it came around to his conversion, Timothy, Paul’s closest student, and adopted son to Paul, was already aware of the prophecies of Jesus and readily accepted Paul’s teaching because Timothy’s mother and grandmother diligently taught him the Scriptures ( 2 Timothy 1:5). Paul talks about the faith Timothy’s mother and grandmother had, and their faith was most likely discussed with Timothy.
Twice in the Psalms, we are reminded the importance of teaching our children the ways of God.
“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them-even the children not yet born-and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting this glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors-stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.” – Psalm 78:4-8
“Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the LORD.” – Psalm 102:18
It is important that we teach our kids. Why? So they will teach their kids, and in turn teach their kids and so forth. If we want our world, our Church, our children, to have a better future, we need to teach them the way of the LORD.
“‘The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.'” – Deuteronomy 29:29
So, is your family in the Bible?
If not, get them there. It will be the best thing you have ever done in your entire life.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.